Nancy Jouwe

Nancy Jouwe (she/her) is the daughter of an Indo mother and a Papuan father. She studied Women’s Studies and Cultural History in Utrecht and York.

Jouwe has worked for 20+ years in the NGO sector as a project manager, director, and curator at the intersection of women’s rights, transnational movements, and art, culture & heritage. She works as a researcher, curator, and project leader in the field of cultural and social movements in postcolonial Netherlands and teaches at the University of Utrecht, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, SIT, and CIEE. She is particularly interested in women’s studies, gender and ethnicity, Papuan heritage and identity, and transcultural art projects.

Until 2013, Nancy Jouwe was the program director at Kosmopolis Utrecht, a platform that aims to facilitate in-depth dialogue between diverse communities through art and culture, both nationally and in an international context. She was the director of the Papua Cultural Heritage Foundation in Utrecht. Prior to that, she worked as a junior researcher at Utrecht University and deputy director at Mama Cash.

Jouwe has co-published several books, including “Papua’s? Oh, they really exist, right? An inventory of the Position of Papuan Women in the Netherlands, 1958-1992” (with Marlise Mensink, 1993) and “Kaleidoscopic Visions. The black, Migrant, and Refugee Women’s Movement in the Netherlands” (with Maayke Botman and Prof Gloria Wekker, 2000). In 2012, her book “Paradijsvogels in de polder. Papoea’s in Nederland” was published, featuring photographs by Bodil Ana├»s.