From the Dutch ‘rijsttafel’ to contested street names, from the Eurovision Song Contest to sports and racism, the new "Unsettling Knowledge" podcast reflects on how empire and colonization have shaped contemporary society and culture.
Together, hosts Dr Rachel Gillett and Dr Matthijs Kuipers, speak with scholars, community members, and experts, to uncover traces of empire in the present and confront controversial topics head on with those involved.
Not just academics
Gillett: “It is not just academics talking in jargon. For example, for our episode on Dutch Indo food we invited Josina Hillsland. She is a member of the Indo project, a group of Indos and Indo supporters who share the premise that their history and culture needs to be preserved. And one of our guests for the episode on contested street names is Rens Blijenberg, initiator of the Bitterzoete route in Lombok. The route goes along several streets to inform, raise awareness and start a conversation about colonial history. He cooperates with the municipality and gives guided tours. “