Interuniversitary Course Introduction to Caribbean Studies

During the academic year 2023-2024, the Caribbean Course will be cancelled because KITLV will move to another building and because of practical problems in finding a location to host the course elsewhere. In 2025, the Caribbean Course will be programmed again.

In the second semester of the academic year 2022-2023 the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies organizes, for the 37th 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 held in English.


The Caribbean has a turbulent, and often disconcerting history, a dynamic culture, and challenging economic and political futures. It is an extraordinarily multifaceted area with its many languages, population groups, and nations. It is also a region that has long and close connections with the Netherlands – Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, the so-called BES- islands, and Suriname in particular. Past and present migration patterns continue to nurture intimate connections between Caribbean and Dutch societies.

In 2023 the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies will organize a classical version of the Interuniversity Course Caribbean Studies. In this 37th edition of the course we will discuss history, politics, economics and socio-cultural issues. The lectures will touch upon ecology, colonialism, slave trade and slavery, indentured labour, small-holding and the post-plantation economy, migration and trans-nationalism, intellectual history, gender, kinship and sexuality, art, literature, music, decolonization, local politics, tourism, and international relations.

The course will be held in English. Participation is open to students from all universities and non-students. The registration fee for non-students is € 125.00 and excludes participation in the discussion groups, which are for the benefit of students.

Venue and time

The Caribbean Studies course will take place during the period 1 February – 26 April, 2023. Classes are held on Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. CET (see schedule). Each lecture / discussion group will last an hour, with a fifteen-minute break in between.

Registration for 2023 is open

The course Introduction to Caribbean Studies will be offered as an intensive course of 12 weeks from the between 1 February and 26 April, 2023. Examination (tba) will take place by means of a written exam (total 10 ECTS).


Location: KITLV, Reuvensplaats 2, 2311 BE Leiden (room 1.68)

Course fee

The reduced registration fee for students is € 35.00, which includes access to Leiden University Library. For students currently enrolled in a Caribbean University, the course is free. Participation of non-students is limited; the registration fee is € 125.00. Please note that registration is complete only after submitting your registration form and the receipt of payment of your registration fee.


KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies
PO Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
+31 (0) 71-5272372
Email: [email protected].