Alison Fischer

(Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies - KITLV)

A former lawyer, grassroots organizer and teacher, Alison Fischer is currently a PhD Candidate at the Koninklijke Instituut voor Taal, Land en Volkenkunde/Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian & Caribbean Studies (KITLV), a research institute founded in 1851 to gather information on and assist in governing the Dutch colonial empire. Her current research is part of the institute’s ongoing efforts to reckon with that history. In it, she interrogates how different groups of people in the Dutch metropole mobilized law and legal rhetoric to contend with racial hierarchies in the late 20th century, and how those mobilizations linger in discussions of race in the Netherlands today.