One Book One Campus 2024
One Book One Campus is a reading event at Utrecht University which aims to broaden our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through sharing a good book. It offers opportunities to meet and connect with others. This year’s selected book is Anton de Kom's We Slaves of Suriname (1934).
We Slaves of Suriname
Anton de Kom (1898-1945) was a Surinamese anti-colonial writer, activist and poet. De Kom advocated for equal rights for labourers in Suriname. For this work he was arrested and sent into exile by the Dutch colonial governors. During the Second World War he joined the communist resistance against the nazi's. His book We Slaves of Suriname, the first history of Suriname by a Surinamese author, is a scathing history of three centuries Dutch colonial rule. In 2020 De Kom was included into the Dutch Historical Canon. In 2023 the Dutch government rehabilitated Anton de Kom and formally apologized to De Kom's heirs.
Buy your book
Use the button below to order your copy of the book in the UU web shop for only €7.50. You can pick up your book at the pick up point you indicated in your order, by showing the confirmation you will receive by email.
Unfortunately UU cannot offer the e-book with a discount. It is available through various commercial online shops.
On March 18, there will be a Studium Generale Cover to Cover event with prof.dr. Guno Jones (Free University Amsterdam, in Dutch).
On March 27, there will be a public event with the Dutch Poet Laureate Babs Gons and writer Karin Amatmoekrim in the Neude Library (in Dutch).
Does We slaves of Suriname spark ideas you would like to do something with? What would you write to Anton de Kom if he were alive today? Put your thoughts and ideas on paper by submitting a creative response to the book, in the form of a 'Letter to Anton de Kom', and you might win up to €150,-.
Submit your creative response anonymously to email@example.com by Friday March 16, 23.59. Look below for the guidelines.
Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden currently has an exhibition called I Will Fight - about the rediscovery of the work of Anton de Kom by the Surinamese Student Union in the 1960s.
Filmmaker Ida Does made a documentary about Anton de Kom in 2012 called 'Peace, Memories of Anton de Kom' in which three of his children, all in their eighties, look back on their youth. The documentary is Dutch spoken and has English subtitles.
Dr. Sarah Adams (UU) wrote a guide forreading groups on We slaves of Suriname for the University of Ghent (in Dutch). This guide provides background information, discussion prompts and a literary analysis of the book.
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