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Coen van 't Veer


Dr. C.B. van 't Veer
+31 71 527 2727

Coen van 't Veer is a lecturer at the Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Fields of interest

  • Literary Criticism
  • Literature of the Dutch East Indies
  • Colonial & Postcolonial literature



Coen van ’t Veer is doing research on (post)colonial literature and is writing a dissertation called De kolonie op drift (The colony afloat). In this dissertation he describes and analyses representations in contemporary fiction of the travels by mail steamer between The Netherlands and The Dutch-Indies in the period of 1870-1940. The crew and passengers of those mail steamers form a micro colony: a compressed version of the colonial society. Taking the postcolonial theories as a starting point Coen van ‘t Veer works out a new structured method of analyzing fiction to disclose the colonial discourse that lies hidden in it.


Teaching activities

Teacher of Dutch language and literature


Curriculum vitae

  • 2014-present PhD candidate, Dutch Language and Culture, University of Leiden
  • 2014 NWO Scholarship for teachers
  • 2012-2014 Visiting fellow at KITLV, Leiden
  • 1996-present Teacher of Dutch language and literature at Secundary School, Ridderkerk and Schiedam
  • 1995-1997 Master in teaching Dutch, HR&O Rotterdam
  • 1988-1993 Dutch language and literature, Leiden University
  • 1980-1986 vwo, Csg De Lage Waard, Papendrecht
  • 1968 Born in Zierikzee


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Oude Nederlandse L&C

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden



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