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Gert Oostindie

Professor of Colonial and Postcolonial History

Name
Prof.dr. G.J. Oostindie
Telephone
+31 71 527 2295
E-mail
g.j.oostindie@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Professor Oostindie’s principal areas of research have been Dutch colonial and postcolonial history and Caribbean studies. He published extensively on the colonial history and decolonization of the Dutch Caribbean; on history, ethnicity and migration in the Caribbean and Latin America in general; on postcolonial migrations and the significance of colonial history to Dutch national identity; and on the decolonization war in Indonesia.

More information about Gert Oostindie

Spreekuur / Hours

Na afspraak / by appointment

Fields of interest

Professor Oostindie’s principal areas of research have been Dutch colonial and postcolonial history and Caribbean studies. He published extensively on the colonial history and decolonization of the Dutch Caribbean; on history, ethnicity and migration in the Caribbean and Latin America in general; on postcolonial migrations and the significance of colonial history to Dutch national identity; and on the decolonization war in Indonesia.

Over the past twenty years, Gert Oostindie has published, co-published, and edited over 20 books and 150 articles with a wide range of publishers (see selected listing below). He has served on many editorial, scholarly, and governmental committees both in the Netherlands and abroad, and is a frequent contributor to the Dutch mass media on his areas of expertise. He has travelled widely in the Caribbean, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Research

For further information, please consult the KITLV website,  http://www.kitlv.nl/researchers-oostindie/

Teaching

BA, MA, Colonial and global history

Curriculum vitae

Professor Gert Oostindie (1955) is director of the KITLV/Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology in Leiden, an institute of the KNAW/Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 1993 to 2006, he also held a chair in Caribbean Studies at the Department of Anthropology of Utrecht University. In September 2006, he was appointed Professor of Caribbean History at the History Department of Leiden University.

Gert Oostindie studied History and Social Sciences, with a specialization in Latin American history, at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (graduation, cum laude, 1982). He obtained his PhD at Utrecht University (cum laude, 1989) with a doctoral thesis on slavery and plantation economy in the Dutch Caribbean colony of Suriname. He became head of the KITLV’s Department of Caribbean Studies in 1983, a position he held until assuming the directorship of institute in 2000.

Grants & Awards

As main applicant, Gert Oostindie obtained three major NWO grants as well as several government grants for research programs, totalling well over 2 million Euros. 

Selected publications

Soldaat in Indonesië. Getuigenissen van een oorlog aan de verkeerde kant van de geschiedenis. Amsterdam: Prometheus 2015  (with the cooperation of Ireen Hoogenboom & Jonathan Verwey)

El Caribe holandés; El colonialismo y sus legados transatlánticos. La Habana: Editorial José Martí 2014.

Dutch Atlantic connections, 1680-1800; Linking empires, bridging borders. Leiden: Brill 2014. (ed., with Jessica V. Roitman)

Postcolonial migrants and identity politics. New York: Berghahn, 2012. (ed., with Ulbe Bosma & Jan Lucassen)

Postcolonial Netherlands. Sixty-five years of forgetting, commemorating, silencing. Amsterdam University Press, 2011.

(ed., with Wim Klooster), Curaçao in the Age of Revolutions, 1795-1800. [& Gert Oostindie.] KITLV Press 2011.

(ed.), Dutch Colonialism, Migration and Cultural Heritage. Leiden: KITLV Press 2008.

Paradise Overseas. The Dutch Caribbean: Colonialism and its Transatlantic Legacies. Oxford: Macmillan, 2005. xi+204 pp.

Decolonising the Caribbean. Dutch Policies in a Comparative Perspective. [With Inge Klinkers.] Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2003.

Professor of Colonial and Postcolonial History

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Reuvensplaats 2
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 2.26

Contact

Publications

  • KITLV-KNAW Directeur Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal- , Land- en Volkenkunde