Program Details

Visits to the Tropenmuseum (Dutch National Museum of World Cultures) in Amsterdam, the Museum Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) in Leiden, Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours, and fieldwork trips.
Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Take a fresh approach to current debates surrounding notions of citizenship and belonging within postcolonial, post-Cold War Europe. This course focuses on the works of Caribbean and African diasporic thinkers who have engaged critically with European intellectual traditions and formulated an alternative genealogy for questions of citizenship and belonging in Europe. Their works offer a deeper understanding of the global interactions at key historical moments that shaped contemporary Europe.

Visits to the Tropenmuseum (Dutch National Museum of World Cultures) in Amsterdam, the Museum Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) in Leiden, Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours, and fieldwork trips.

- You understand the changing European polity and its links to colonial, postcolonial, and migration histories, including the histories of slavery; - You understand Amsterdam’s role as a major European urban centre, both historically and presently; - You are familiar with Dutch Caribbean intellectuals in relation to broader Black and Caribbean radical intellectual thought; - You are familiar with theoretical concepts about reframing the archive, both in Amsterdam and more generally.

Setting Description:
With over 180 unique nationalities, Amsterdam is a melting pot of cultures and embraces different cultures, religions, and lifestyles. 165 canals criss-cross the entire city, giving it its nickname ‘Venice of the North.’ The city also features more bikes than inhabitants! With a bustling creative industry, Amsterdam offers plenty of cultural activities and events throughout the year. In Amsterdam you can benefit from the advantages of a big city with enough quiet spots to kick back and relax.
Cost:
1150 EUR. The tuition fee includes: • Airport pick-up service • Welcome goodie bag • Orientation programme • Course excursions • On-site support • Emergency assistance • Transcript of records after completion of the course

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition and housing fees of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 2 Reviews

  • Decolonizing Europe Summer School Course
    5.0
    07/20/17

    VU summer school has expanded my horizons exponentially. I have not just grown academically but as a person as well. The lecturers are experts in their field and drive you to achieve your best. Although intensive 'Decolonizing Europe' is an incredible

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Great course, great experience
    5.0
    08/24/15

    It was my second time on a VU Amsterdam summer course, as I went on the Anne Frank in Amsterdam and Beyond summer course on 2014. But the experience this time was even better, as I took the Decolonizing Europe. The professors and professionals are great,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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