Prof. dr. Corinne Hofman

  • Dean
  • Professor of Caribbean archaeology
  • Caribbean
  • Settlement archaeology
  • Mobility and exchange
  • Colonial encounters
  • Ceramic analysis

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2449
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, Bestuur
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A216
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Corinne Hofman is dean of the Faculty of Archaeology since september 2013. She is professor of Caribbean archaeology and director of the Caribbean Research Group at Leiden University, the largest of its kind worldwide. After obtaining a BA degree in art history and archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, she completed her MA in pre-Columbian archaeology at Leiden University in 1987 with a research focus on the Caribbean. Her MA research focused on the archaeology of Saba, Dutch Caribbean. Continuing her archaeological research on Saba during her PhD, she wrote her dissertation on the ceramic chronology of Saba. Since then her research and teaching focus on the archaeology and history of the Caribbean.

Hofman has conducted fieldwork throughout the Caribbean archipelago. Her various research projects have included excavations together with Dr. Menno Hoogland in Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Martin, Antigua (Long Island), the Guadeloupian archipelago, St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Vincent, Curaçao, and the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, her research projects have incorporated artefact analyses,, provenance studies, bioarchaeological investigations, ethnohistoric and ethnographic studies on many other islands of the insular Caribbean.  

Since 1998, Hofman has obtained numerous prestigious research grants, amongst which an ASPASIA-grant (2003-2008) by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific (NWO), a NWO VIDI-grant (2004-2009), and a NWO VICI-grant (2008-2013). The main research themes pursued and developed throughout these multi-disciplinary projects are Sociopolitical Organisation, Settlement patterns and Mobility and Exchange. Hofman’s projects are designed to contribute to the historical awareness and valorisation of cultural heritage in the geopolitically diverse islandscape of the Caribbean.  

In 2012, Hofman was awarded a NWO open competition grant entitled “Island Networks: modeling inter-community social relationships in the Lesser Antilles across the historical divide (AD 1000-1800)”, an ESF HERA grant entitled CARIB and the highly prestigious ERC Synergy grant “Nexus 1492: New World Encounters in a Globalising World”. The latter projects will be carried out in collaboration with three other Principle Investigators, Prof. dr. Gareth Davies (VU University Amsterdam, Geochemistry), Prof. dr. Ulrik Brandes (University of Konstanz, Network Science), and Prof. dr. Willem Willems (Leiden University, Cultural Heritage Management). The two projects broach the theme of Colonial Encounters in the Caribbean, the nexus of the first encounters between the New and the Old World, with a focus on the indigenous perspective. Hofman has an extensive network of international collaborators, and over the years the Caribbean Research Group has generated a large number of BA, MA, PhD and postdoctoral multi-disciplinary projects.

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