29 maart gaf ik een lezing over het koloniale verleden van de Universiteit Utrecht en meer in het bijzonder de faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen
From 15:30 to 17:00 on 29 March 2023, Henk van Rinsum gave a lecture on the colonial past of Utrecht University. The title of his lecture is ‘Sol Iustitiae en de Buitengewesten, 1636-2000’. In an article in DUB external link, Henk van Rinsum argued for broadening research on the University’s slavery past to the University’s colonial past.
In this lecture, Henk took a focused look at the colonial past – and the slavery past as its extension – in relation to academic development at the university. His theoretical and historical account is essential for placing the past in a new perspective and learning from it. This inspiring afternoon offered a look at both the past and the future of the university – including the social sciences – in the field of international cooperation, diversity and inclusion.
The lecture took place in the conservatory (‘Serre’) of the Botanical Gardens – a uniquely ‘colonial’ site and was concluded with drinks.
About Henk van Rinsum
Henk van Rinsum, former Bureau of Foreign Affairs/University Development Cooperation staff member, former Secretary to the Board and head of the Research Support Office, is a historian and anthropologist with a deep fascination for the (colonial) history of our University.