Interuniversitary Course Introduction to Caribbean Studies

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In the second semester of the academic year 2018-2019 the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies organizes, for the 33rd 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.

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.

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The course Introduction to Caribbean Studies will be offered as an intensive course of 13 weeks from the end of January to April, 2019. Examination (May 8th) will take place by means of a written exam (total 10 ECTS).


Location: Leiden University, Lipsius Building.

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.vl1566736023tik@k1566736023ajnit1566736023is1566736023.

Application form Inter Universitary Course Introduction to Caribbean Studies 2019