Course coordinator: Dr. Rosemarijn Höfte (KITLV)
Tel./mail: 071 527 2372/2295/
Period: February – April 2018
Time: Wednesday 13:15 – 17:00 hours
Location: KITLV in Leiden
Course load: 10 EC

BA 7. Introduction to Caribbean Studies

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 interuniversity 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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Picture: Ed Yourdon. 100 views of Cuba, Dec 2011 - 62. Old Havana, Havana, Ciudad de la Habana (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)