08-10-2019

Public seminar:
Research in progress. Behind the scenes of the research programme  Independence, Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950

Article
19-09-2019

On Saturday November 2, 2019 a public meeting will take place at the National Archives (The Hague).

News
16-09-2019
Over the past weeks, researcher Remco Raben travelled through parts of East Java, in an explorative search for local voices from the revolutionary period of Indonesia. He shares some of his experiences in this blog. 
Blog
13-09-2019

On July 14, 2019, the Federatie Indische Nederlanders (FIN, a federation for Dutch people with roots in the former Dutch East Indies) published an Open Letter with objections against the research programme.

News
11-07-2019

On June 20, 2019, in Amsterdam Public Library the conference Comparing the wars of decolonization: Extreme violence during reoccupation and counter-insurgency, 1945-1975 took place.

Article
20-05-2019

Conference 'Comparing the wars of decolonization: Extreme violence during reoccupation and counter-insurgency,
1945-1975'
 Thursday 20 June 2019 Amsterdam Public Library (OBA)

Activities
01-04-2019
On Monday April 1, five international scholars will join five Dutch historians to form the theme group Comparing the wars of decolonization: Extreme violence during reoccupation and counter-insurgency, 1945-1975 gathering at the NIAS for the coming three months. This project engages in comparative research in order to learn more about causes, forms and nature of (extreme) violence by Dutch military forces in their attempt to reoccupy the Indonesian archipelago (1945-1949). Project leader Thijs Brocades Zaalberg wrote a blog about the preparations.
Blog
05-03-2019

Memories exist in all shapes and sizes. This is also true of memories concerning the former Dutch East Indies, today’s Indonesia. They are not only painted in light, sunny tints. Elsbeth Locher-Scholten, a former senior lecturer at Utrecht University who specialises in the history of colonialism and decolonisation, wrote a column for Getuigen & Tijdgenoten (Witnesses & Contemporaries) about colonial violence and colonial memories, partly because of current discussion concerning Kester Freriks’ book Tempo Doeloe, een omhelzing.

Blog
26-02-2019

How can or should colonial injustice be acknowledged? Anne van Mourik interviewed historian Nicole Immler, who wrote an article on the subject in BMGN. In 2011, the court in The Hague declared the Dutch state responsible for the mass executions that took place in 1947 in Rawagede (the present-day Balongsari) on West Java. The executions were carried out by Dutch soldiers during the Indonesian War of Independence (1945-1949), and the court’s ruling was followed by apologies and compensation. Nicole Immler travelled to Indonesia to investigate the effects of the lawsuits in Balongsari. What are the possibilities and limits of official apologies and financial compensation as instruments of recognition?

Article
18-02-2019

On 24 January 2019, a network meeting of the Witnesses & Contemporaries project was held in cooperation with Historisch Centrum Overijssel / IJsselacademie. The event was organised to present a website that contains interviews with fifteen veterans from of Overijssel, who fought in the decolonization war. The interviews were conducted by historian Ewout van der Horst. Stephanie Welvaart reports on the afternoon.

Article
05-02-2019

On Thursday, January 31, a meeting took place between researchers and programme leaders of Independence, decolonization, violence and war in Indonesia, 1945-1950, and a delegation of the subscribers to an open letter. In this letter, drafted by Jeffry Pondaag and Francisca Pattipilohy, and addressed to the Dutch government in November 2017, objections against the research programme are put forward. The authors challenge the independence of the research, and accuse the three institutes of a one-sided approach. During the two and a half hour meeting at the NIOD, the most important objections against the set-up of the research programme were discussed.

De registratie van de bijeenkomst is hier te bekijken.

News
19-12-2018

What is the relationship between history and memory? A blog by Eveline Buchheim and Stephanie Welvaart.

Blog
13-12-2018
The research programme will be entitled Independence, Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950.
News
11-12-2018

On Sunday, 25 November, the Indisch Herinneringscentrum held a meeting entitled ‘Indië Tabee?’. This gathering concluded the Gepeperd Verleden series of meetings looking at what a shared colonial heritage means from various perspectives. Researcher Remco Raben, who is involved with the Political Administrative Context project, and Stephanie Welvaart from Witnesses & Contemporaries took part in the meeting and wrote a blog about it.

Blog
10-12-2018

Emma Keizer has been part of the research team since February 2018. In October, she started working on the project International Political Context, led by Jeroen Kemperman and Tom van den Berge. Previously, she assisted Hans Meijer with his research into East Java (Regional Studies). Emma obtained her master’s degree in International Relations in Historical Perspective last June, and is the youngest researcher on the team. Nevertheless, she already gained a great deal of research experience relating to the Indonesian decolonization war and has a substantial publication to her name. Let’s get to know her:

Article
31-10-2018

Maarten Hidskes travelled some 10,000 kilometres across Indonesia to talk about the theme of his book entitled Thuis gelooft niemand mij (Nobody At Home Would Believe Me), which has now also been translated into Bahasa Indonesia. He visited 11 universities, had conversations with eye witnesses and veterans, and spoke with 1200 history and political science students and dozens of lecturers. While right in the middle of his travels, he heard an Indonesian lecturer expressing what his journey was about: “Your project is about sharing and caring.”

Blog
14-09-2018

On 13 September 2018, the second meeting relating to the Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950 research project was held at Pakhuis de Zwijger (Amsterdam). The livestream of the evening can be viewed here.

Blog
20-08-2018

In early July, a series of unusual court hearings were held. These involved women and men from South Sulawesi being interviewed about the murder of Indonesian men by Dutch soldiers in 1947. Researcher Esther Captain was present at one of these hearings.

Blog
09-08-2018
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.
Article
02-07-2018

Part of the second workshop in Yogyakarta was an excursion to several museums and places on the Indonesian struggle against Dutch colonial rule. Read the report that researcher Roel Frakking wrote about this extraordinarily educational tour.

Blog
14-05-2018

Report of the second workshop at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta

News
17-04-2018
How do we move beyond ‘guilt ratings’ and ‘what-about-isms’ when comparing extreme violence during the wars of decolonization in Indonesia and the French and British empires? This was one of the main questions we addressed during a presidential roundtable during the yearly Society for Military History Conference held in the United States from 6 to 8 April 2018.
News
23-03-2018
Saturday 24 February 2018, Fridus Steijlen and Ireen Hoogenboom, were invited by the Indonesian Student organization in the Netherlands (PPI-Belanda) to introduce and discuss the research program ‘Decolonization, violence and war, Indonesia 1945-1950’.
Article
27-02-2018

By Fridus Steijlen
Fridus Steijlen of the Witnesses & Contemporaries project recently visited the Moluccas. He also used this opportunity to record the story of an Indonesian witness. In his blog, Fridus recounts this meeting and tells the story of how Pak Edi had them strike a defiant pose.

Blog
16-01-2018

In The Jakarta Post, the Indonesian historian Bambang Purwanto emphasizes the interest of the research programma for both Dutch and Indonesian historiography. Bambang coördinates the Indon

News
04-12-2017
Are we talking ‘Revolution’ or ‘Decolonization’? Where can these perspectives meet? The Universitas Gadjah Mada’s Department of History in Yogyakarta hosted a two-day workshop to discuss these questions. Gert Oostindie notes his personal impressions.
News
26-09-2017

Detiknews interviewed researcher Ireen Hoogenboom on the research into decolonization, violence and war in Indonesia 1945-1950 conducted by KITLV, NIOD and NIMH.

News
14-09-2017

Thursday the 14th of September was the official start of the research project on the Dutch military violence in Indonesia from 1945-1950.

News
08-09-2017

For the past two months, Azarja Harmanny - one of the researchers within this programme - resided in Indonesia for a language course and exploratory research.

News
02-09-2017

In a special broadcast by the Dutch broadcasting service NOS, the research programme Decolonisation, violence and war in Indonesia, 1945-1950 is explained and discussed.

News
25-05-2017

Fridus Steijlen and Eveline Buchheim are looking for ego-documents such as letters, photo albums, and diaries for their Getuigen/Tijdgenoten project.

News
02-12-2016

The Dutch cabinet supports independent follow-up research into the post-war decolonization period in the former Dutch Indies and the context in which violent conflicts at that time took place.

News
30-09-2016

Speech Peter Romijn during book presentation 'De brandende kampongs van Generaal Spoor' by Rémy Limpach is published online.

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