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The means imperial powers disposed of to succeed in maintaining their authority have been documented since the earliest colonial times. But gradually we begin to understand that the oppressed peoples had their own means of maintaining their dignity, come into revolt and develop successful ways of resistance. How did these ways of rebellion come into existence, what form did they take? Where do we find the sources to picture this anticolonial resistance? And how was it represented it in art, printed matter, material culture, museums, literature, theatre?

Historians, sociologists, specialists in art history and literary historians will raise and answer this kind of questions in a series of lectures on resistance and rebellion in four centuries of colonial suppression in the Dutch colonies, as well as on cases of 20th century rebellions.

Recommended prior knowledge

No prior knowledge is recommended. This course is a completely different approach of part of the material presented during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 courses Side Wings of Slavery. However it is not at all necessary to have attended those former courses. 


dhr. prof. dr. M.H.G. (Michiel) van Kempen

Teaching format

  • Lectures
  • Seminars


See Datanose.

Course materials

Literature will be offered thru Canvas, or distributed during the course.


See website.

Number of participants



Paper in English or Dutch.


UvA students

  • UvA-students can register themselves from June 11, (look for code 5512RRCI6Y in SIS) until a week before the start of the course. 

Register in SIS (UvA students only)

Other parties

  • Other parties, such as contract students, UvA staff or students from other institutions, interested can register from June 11, through the registration form.

If you have any trouble while registering please contact: Keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl 

Vorm Kortlopend, kortlopend
Studielast 6 EC,
Voertaal Engels
Start Oktober