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Historian Martina Amoksi recently presented a thesis entitled ‘Maroon women in the city’ to an audience at NiNsee, the Dutch National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy.
In her thesis, Amoksi analyses the effects of urbanisation on Surinamese Maroon women who have moved away from traditional Maroon residences in the Suriname interior in response to the construction of the hydraulic dam at Afobaka, the civil war, and changes in the traditional roles between Maroon men and women.
Amoksi’s research, which was done with support of NiNsee, has been aimed to give answer to the question: “How has urbanization contributed to the social economic position of Maroon women?”
Martina Amoksi (1964) was born in the village Wanhatti along the Cottica River in the Marowijne district (Suriname). She studied at the Institute for teacher training (IOL) in 2007 and at the University of Amsterdam (August 2009). She worked as a high school history teacher until 2007. Nowadays she is employed as a researcher at the National Archives of Suriname.