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Colonialism and slavery

The colonial and slavery past is an important theme in education and research at Leiden University. Particular attention is also paid to structural abuses that arose from this history and that often still persist in the present day.

Leiden University holds extensive knowledge and expertise in these fields. Leiden researchers study the impact of the colonial and slavery past on identity, society, the economy and the state. They conduct their research using local sources, specifically in colonial and post-colonial Africa, the Caribbean region and South and Southeast Asia.

The University also acknowledges that, as an educational and research institution,  it has an important role and responsibility in promoting knowledge and understanding of this history. We therefore look critically at our own role in that past, as well as at the repercussions within our present-day academic community.

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