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Webinar | Health, crime, and punishment in the colonial Caribbean | Juanita De Barros

03/11/2022 @ 15:30 - 17:00

Health, crime, and punishment in the colonial Caribbean

This talk uses an official investigation into conditions at the Onderneeming Reformatory for boys in early twentieth-century British Guiana to explore the impact that interrelated concerns about health and punishment had on colonial policies targeting children.

This talk shows that Onderneeming was a site where the wider project of transforming children into healthy and productive citizens could be carried out, one that was shaped by metropolitan (British) concerns and colonial realities.


Juanita De Barros is Professor in the Department of History at McMaster University and the incoming director of the Centre for Human Rights and Restorative Justice. She is the former president of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her research concentrates on the 19th and 20th century Caribbean with a focus on the social history of health, reproductive rights, childhood, gender, and urban history. Her most recent books are Reproducing the British Caribbean: Sex, Gender, and Population Politics after Slavery and the co-edited essay collection, Public Health and the Imperial Project. Currently, she is writing a book exploring children’s experiences and the intersection between health and labour in colonial reformatories in the Caribbean. She is also starting a new research project on reproductive rights in the 20th century Caribbean.


Rosemarijn Hoefte, senior researcher at KITLV and Professor in the history of Suriname after 1873 in comparative perspective at the University of Amsterdam.


This webinar is a hybrid event and will be held in the conference room of KITLV (room 1.68) and online via Zoom. Date & time: Thursday 3 November, 15.30 h – 17.00 h CET.

Registration (for participation on location and online)

Registration is required. If you want to attend this webinar on location, please register via: [email protected].
Seats are limited.

If you wish to attend the webinar online, please register here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via Zoom.


Handbook of British Guiana, 1909. Comprising general and statistical information concerning the colony by George D. Bayley, comp. and ed.; Permanent Exhibitions Committee of British Guiana.


15:30 - 17:00
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KITLV, room 1.68 & via Zoom