In the second semester of the academic year 2017-2018 the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies organizes, for the 32th time, the interuniversitary course Introduction to Caribbean Studies. Participation is open to all students studying at a Dutch university and anyone else interested in the Caribbean. The course will be offered in English.


Leiden University, Lipsius Building, Cleveringaplaats 1, room 307 except March 15th and April 12th (room 148).


1 February
Introduction (Rosemarijn Hoefte)
Ecology and Society (Rivke Jaffe)

8 February
Slavery and Resistance (Karwan Fatah-Black)
Marronage and Abolitionism (Jessica Roitman)

15 February
Emancipation and Transition (Michiel Baud)
Asian Diaspora (Rosemarijn Hoefte)

22 February
Ethnicity and Ideology (Michiel Baud)
Radical Thinkers (Wayne Modest)

1 March
Languages-in-the-Caribbean (Margot van den Berg)

8 March
Caribbean literature  (Isabel Hoving)
Cultural Changes in Revolutionary Cuba (Nanne Timmer)

15 March
Gender, Kinship and Sexuality (Gloria Wekker)
Caribbean Decolonization and Independence (Wouter Veenendaal)

22 March
Migration (Guiselle Starink-Martha)
Music in the Caribbean (Ronald Snijders)

29 March
Urban Problems: Port of Spain (Hebe Verrest)
Disasters in the Caribbean (Kasia Mika)

5 April
Cultural Heritage (Valika Smeulders)
Doing research in the Caribbean (Sanne Rotmeier & Stacey MacDonald)

12 April
Tourism (Alana Osbourne)
Caribbean economy and integration (Gert Oostindie)

19 April
The Popular Culture of Illegality in Jamaica (Tracian Meikle)
Art in the Caribbean (Alex van Stipriaan)

26 April
Americanization, Globalization and the Future of the Caribbean (Rosemarijn Hoefte)
The Caribbean or the epistemic shift of modernity? Conversation from Martinique (Malcom Ferdinand)


The course consists of 26 lectures and will include the following topics: ecology, colonialism, the slave trade, plantations and slavery, cultural heritage, contract labor, farmers and post-plantation economy, migration, transnational communities, race relations, the plural society, African-American cultures, and Afro-Asian creolization, ethnicity, kinship and sexuality, literature and music, art and culture, socio-economic development, decolonization, the drug economy, local politics and international relations. We will, among others, discuss the following Caribbean countries: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Martinique, Jamaica, the Dutch Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.


The course Introduction to Caribbean Studies will be offered as an intensive course of 13 weeks from February to April, 2017. Examination (10 May) will take place by means of a written exam (total 10 ECTS).

Leiden University campus Witte Singel Doelen

Course fee

For students there is a reduced course fee of €35,00. Third parties are able to participate in limited numbers and on payment of the full course fee of € 145.00. Participation is only  secured after submitting the registration form and payment/receipt of proof of participation.

KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, PO Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, tel. 071-5272372 / 2295. Email: ln.vl1495699147tik@k1495699147ajnit1495699147is1495699147.

Application form Inter Universitary Course Introduction to Caribbean Studies 2018