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Unfree Intimacies: Gender and the Taking of Terraqueous Space at Batavia in the Seventeenth Century

February 23 @ 12:11 am  |  


Colonization is not a one-time land grab, but rather an ongoing process of claiming space. Batavia, as the Dutch urban port city on Java in the seventeenth century was known, provides an opportunity to explore the role of gender in this unfolding process. There, the appropriation of local and regional terraqueous space relied on a simultaneous colonization of intimate space. Women of Batavia, as wives, concubines, and slaves, played an often unwilling role in the construction of empire at the intimate, local, and transoceanic scales.


February 23, 2024
12:11 am