Interuniversitary Course Introduction to Caribbean Studies

In the second semester of the academic year 2020-2021 the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies organizes, for the 35th 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 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 2021 the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies will organize a digital version of the Interuniversity Course Caribbean Studies. In this 35th 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 offered 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 February 5st -April 30th, 2021. Classes are held on Friday 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.

The classes will take place online, via Zoom.


The course Introduction to Caribbean Studies will be offered as an intensive course of 13 weeks from the end of January to April, 2020. Examination (May) will take place by means of a written exam (total 10 ECTS).


Location: DIGITAL

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.

Registration is open until February 1st, 2021 and is based on order of received payment. Please call for last minute registration first, 071-5272372.

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