Independence, Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950 is a joint research programme of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH) and the NIOD, Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Read more ›

The latest BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review is published today. The first results of the project Comparing the Wars of Decolonization are presented in this academic journal (Dutch only).


Of course the Corona-crisis did also throw a spanner in the Dutch-Indonesian project Regional Studies. In this blog the Indonesian research coordinators Yulianti and Abdul Wahid reflect on the impact of the Corona-crisis on their work. Next, their Dutch counterparts Ireen Hoogenboom and Martijn Eickhoff share some of their experiences.


How is the coronavirus crisis affecting researchers now that the archives have closed and conferences and seminars in the Netherlands and abroad have been cancelled for the time being? In the following blog, research assistant Maarten van der Bent describes the impact of these historical times on his research.


How is the corona crisis affecting the researchers, now the archives are closed, and the planned conferences and seminars in the Netherlands and abroad have been cancelled for the time being? In the blog below, Azarja Harmanny describes the impact of these historic times on his own research.


On behalf of the Maluku4Maluku foundation, establised in 2018 to defend the interests of Moluccan soldiers and veterans, chairman Leo Reawaruw recently wrote an Open Letter to the research programme. In this letter he objects to the fact that Maluku4Maluku is not represented in the Social Resonance Group of the research programme. Reawaruw's Open Letter and the answer on behalf of the program management can be read below.


Early this year Bauke Geersing, author of Kapitein Raymond Westerling en de Zuid-Celebes-affaire (1946-1947) which was published in November 2019, addressed an Open Letter to NIOD-director Frank van Vree. In this letter he criticizes the intent of the programme website and accuses the research of being biased. Geersing’ s Open Letter and Van Vree' s response on behalf of the program management, can be read below.