Decolonization, violence and war in Indonesia, 1945-1950 is a four-year research programme carried out by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land en Volkenkunde, KITLV), the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH) and the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Read more ›

Date: September 13th 2018
Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam


What is the state of the research program? Which questions and pressing themes do the researchers have to deal with? What impact does the decolonization war have on Dutch and Indonesian people to this day?
On Thursday evening, September 13th, a second meeting will take place in Pakhuis de Zwijger, exactly one year after the public kick-off of the investigation. More information about the program will follow shortly.

On August 1 the Ikatan Keluarga Alumni Lemhannas convened a seminar in Jakarta on the legitimacy of a Dutch research project on the Indonesian Independence War 1945-1950. In a statement the conveners write that they are afraid that the Dutch government supports this research project in order to cover up Dutch war crimes during the Indonesian war of independence and that it seems that cooperation with Indonesian historians from Universitas Gadjah Mada is used to legitimize this effort. This would be a serious misrepresentation of the research project and would also harm the integrity of our Indonesian colleagues in an unjustified manner.