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The media operations of postcolonial mobility regimes: the cases of Filmstichting West Indië and Vereniging Ons Suriname in 1940s and 1950s Netherlands

Leurs, Koen and Seuferling, Philipp (2023) The media operations of postcolonial mobility regimes: the cases of Filmstichting West Indië and Vereniging Ons Suriname in 1940s and 1950s Netherlands. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 26 (6). pp. 672-696. ISSN 1367-8779

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Identification Number: 10.1177/13678779231198124

Abstract

This article analyses the communication activities of Filmstichting West Indië, which in the late 1940s and early 1950s produced 12 documentary propaganda films about Dutch colonial Suriname, and the resistance against these reductive representations in zines of the Surinamese migrant organization Vereniging Ons Suriname. We draw on hence unstudied archival material to dissect the role of media operations, as persuasive, strategic media productions, in constructing and challenging differential relations between colonizers and colonial subjects, and symbolically negotiating how different territories and bodies relate to each other. A visual and textual analysis of the cases unpacks historical struggles over the regimes of (post)colonial (im)mobilities, as they are produced and articulated within regimes of representation. We ultimately argue that, in order to understand the historical constitution of mobility regimes (and, in order to be able to critique them), we need to study the co-production of mobility regimes within regimes of mediated representation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2023.
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2023 09:48
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 18:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120529

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