Our Assistant Professor at Cultural Geography, Emmanuel Adu-Ampong, is involved in a series of invited lectures/seminars with the title: The embodied absence of the past: tourism’s transformative role in slavery heritage narratives. In January 2022 these seminars will be held at the Environmental and Rural History group at WUR and at the University of Lincoln in the UK.
Across many European countries there is an ongoing struggle with telling the contentious stories of slavery and colonialisation. Tourism practices and performances can play a transformative role in this process of telling the stories of history and heritage. In his seminars Emmanuel Adu-Ampong examines a slavery-related heritage tour: Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours (BHAT), using a framework that stresses the narrative power and transformative work of tourism in the politics of slavery heritage. BHAT is a guided walking, sightseeing and boat tour that explore Amsterdam to make visible the ‘hidden histories’ of the African Diaspora and colonial history of the Netherlands from the 17th-century history. The tour weaves around the Dam Square through to the historic De Wallen neighbourhood along some of Amsterdam’s oldest streets and buildings, and involves a stopover at the Rijksmuseum.
The RHI seminar at Wageningen University will be held on Thursday January 13th from 16.00-17.15 hrs (Dutch time) and the second one at the University of Lincoln (also online) will take place on Wednesday January 26th from 4-5 pm (Dutch time 17.00-18.00 hrs). For more information on this subject or the seminars please use the contact form on this page for reaching out to Emmanuel Adu-Ampong.