My current research project, Maritime Imagination: A Cultural Oceanography of the Netherlands, develops a multi-era, multi-sited and interdisciplinary approach to the study of Dutch imperial, racist and colonial entanglements and their repercussions and re-narrations in the present. I amparticularly interested in how discourses of maritime trade, slavery, and colonialism across Dutch empire shape (contemporary) white supremacist logic, the colonial liberal humanist imaginary, and global racial-capitalism.
Developing an oceanic perspective, my work hopes to traverse and undo historiographic, disciplinary, geographic, and epistemic boundaries, and inspire alternative ways of theorizing the formation of Dutch empire and colonialism and its intersecting racial-sexual, legal, environmental, and socio-economic discourses.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 838904.
My doctoral research and ongoing research interest is concerned with the questions of how to respond to Palestinian anticolonial-queer critiques and how to listen to anticolonial-queer calls for social justice. It addressed Zionist racial-sexual politics; the temporality and idiom of critique in thinking Palestinian liberation; Palestinian anticolonial-queer critiques; pinkwashing and homonationalism; and political and and academic intransigence.
Critical Theory; Oceans and Maritime Worlds; (Dutch) Empire and Colonialism; Black (Diaspora) Studies; Caribbean Philosophy; Critical Indigenous Studies; Settler Colonialism; Queer and Feminist Studies; Anticolonial and Postcolonial Critique; Temporality and the Limits of Critique; Colonial Legalities; Social Justice
- Stelder, M. (2018). Other Scenes of Speaking: Listening to Palestinian Anticolonial-Queer Critique. Journal of Palestine Studies, 47(3), 45-61. https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2018.47.3.45 [details]
- Stelder, M. (2018). [Bespreking van: P. Malcontent (2018) Een Open Zenuw. Nederland, Israël en Palestina]. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 133, . https://doi.org/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10631 [details]
- Stelder, M. (2018). ‘From the closet into the Knesset’: Zionist sexual politics and the formation of settler subjectivity. Settler Colonial Studies, 8(4), 442-463. https://doi.org/10.1080/2201473X.2017.1361885 [details]
- Maikey, H., & Stelder, M. (2015). Dismantling the Pink Door in the Apartheid Wall: Towards a Decolonized Palestinian Queer Politics. In A. Tellis, & S. Bala (Eds.), The Global Trajectories of Queerness : Re-thinking Same-Sex Politics in the Global South (pp. 83-103). (Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race; Vol. 30). Leiden: Brill Rodopi. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004217942_007 [details
- Stelder, M. L. (Author), & Kumsieh, R. (Author). (2016). Tel Aviv Gay Pride: Not a cause for celebration. Web publication/site, Mondoweiss: Mondoweiss. Retrieved from http://mondoweiss.net/2016/06/pride-cause-celebration/
- Stelder, M. L. (Author). (2016). Israël: Nu eens zonder roze bril. Web publication/site, OneWorld: OneWorld. Retrieved from https://www.oneworld.nl/love/hos-bis-lesbos-trans/israel-nu-eens-zonder-roze-bril
Queering the Occupation: From Zionist Sexual Politics to Palestinian Decolonial-queer Imaginaries [details]
2019 - 2012: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, European Commission, Project Title: Maritime Imagination: A Cultural Oceanography of the Netherlands, University of British Columbia/University of Amsterdam
2013-2017: ASCA PhD Fellowship, University of Amsterdam, Dissertation Title: Queering the Occupation: From Zionist Sexual Politics to Palestinian Decolonial-Queer Imaginaries