Unholy Alliances:
Labor, Sex Work, and Garveyism in the Dutch- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean 

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 3PM-4:30PM | HG 1010

In the 20th century, interactions between the Dutch and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean were mostly centered on business transactions and labor migrations, resulting in various forms of cultural exchange. However, lesser known “exchanges” were also a vital part of the region’s political and economic engine, for example, a state-regulated migration program for sex workers in Curaçao and Aruba, a religious mission serving the Trujillo dictatorship agenda, and political activism in the Dominican Republic and the United States with connections to the Garveyism movement, Black labor and communist organizations. 

Speaker: Margo Groenewoud is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Curaçao and a current Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, City College of New York. A social historian, she specializes in the twentieth century Dutch Caribbean, with particular interests in postcolonialism, social justice, cultural history and digital humanities.

Sponsors/support from: History Department, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Fulbright Scholar Program

Event contact: Chelsea Schields, cschield@uci.edu