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Suriname and its Memorials: A historical and symbolic perspective

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Jack Kenneth Menke, Edith Dipowirono, Heidi Wirjosentono

The publication focuses on the historical evolution of Suriname by combining the (artistic) creation of memorials with social and historical research. A memorial is an expression of the historical evolution and understood as an intentional creation for the public, with the purpose to commemorate an event, a person or a specific action that is considered important at a certain point in time. Through the interaction between the (artistic) creation of the memorial in a public space and the perceptions of the people, the society expresses its opinions and  perceptions about groups, institutions, persons and events in the society. Therefore, memorials are also a starting point to describe and explain the relations between the various (ethnic) groups in the Surinamese society from a historical, geographic and spatial perspective. It is argued that in the decolonization process Suriname is evolving  into a more balanced society in terms of spatial distribution of the commemorating symbols of the various groups in the society. This is reflected in how memorials linked to the specific (ethnic) groups became more evenly distributed across geography and space in the course of history.

Jack Kenneth Menke, Edith Dipowirono, Heidi Wirjosentono

The publication focuses on the historical evolution of Suriname by combining the (artistic) creation of memorials with social and historical research. A memorial is an expression of the historical evolution and understood as an intentional creation for the public, with the purpose to commemorate an event, a person or a specific action that is considered important at a certain point in time. Through the interaction between the (artistic) creation of the memorial in a public space and the perceptions of the people, the society expresses its opinions and  perceptions about groups, institutions, persons and events in the society. Therefore, memorials are also a starting point to describe and explain the relations between the various (ethnic) groups in the Surinamese society from a historical, geographic and spatial perspective. It is argued that in the decolonization process Suriname is evolving  into a more balanced society in terms of spatial distribution of the commemorating symbols of the various groups in the society. This is reflected in how memorials linked to the specific (ethnic) groups became more evenly distributed across geography and space in the course of history.