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KITLV / Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies
The Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV) / Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). It has specialized in collecting information and advancing research on the present and former Dutch colonies and their surroundings since 1851. Today it is an authoritative research institute focusing on Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia, and the Caribbean, especially Suriname and the Dutch Antilles. Our collections, publications, and research encompass the humanities and the social sciences, ranging from colonial history to present-day social issues. KITLV houses sizeable and diverse collections. Since 1969 KITLV has a representative office in Indonesia, KITLV-Jakarta, in collaboration with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).
KITLV initiates and coordinates innovative research on the Caribbean and Indonesia. It engages in research that is theoretically informed, comparative, and empirically strong. Research on both regions focuses on contemporary socio-political developments, as well as on historical themes.
Asian History / Studies
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies
Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies