“The poets made the independence of Suriname”, said Hugo Pos, a Surinamese judge, poet and writer.
And this is indeed true, in so far as literature played an important role in changing people’s minds. But it is not only poetry, or literature, marking decisive moments in the history of the Dutch-Caribbean colonies – Suriname and the Dutch-Caribbean Islands. From slavery times we know that dance, music, storytelling, proverbs and clothing were crucial in conserving people’s souls, giving shape to resistance and shaping communities.
In this course, we explore decisive artistic movements and moments in the formation of Dutch-Caribbean nations. We will try to delineate how this worked and what voices were raised. How did music sound, how were people depicted in the visual arts? Where did African voices transform into black Caribbean voices? Where and how did Asian influences kick in?
We will hear black eminent scholarly speakers from Suriname, Curaçao, the USA and Europe. In addition, we will hear live music, see visual arts, engage in theatre and smell the Caribbean!
Mr. Michiel van Kempen
By the end of the course, students are able to:
Intermediate paper on the basis of self-found and reviewed scientific material. The final assessment consists of an end paper.
Open to second-year and third-year Bachelor’s students.
You can find the timetable on Datanose.
UvA students can register from 7 June 2021 (look for code 5512THUC6Y in SIS) until one week prior to the start of the course. If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at Keuzeonderwijsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Other interested parties, such as contract students or students from other institutions, can register from 7 June until one week prior to the start of the course by completing the registration form.
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The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes, and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website
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