On 17 February 2022, the results of the research programme Independence, Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950 will be presented. Read more about this presentation, the speakers and the talks here.

Because of the current COVID-measures in the Netherlands, the presentation will be an online-only event. Everyone is welcome to attend this online presentation via livestream. You do not need to register to attend.

Read more about the results here.


The programme will be livestreamed in Dutch and English simultaneously. After an introduction by Mariëtte Wolf, programme leader, and Frank van Vree, head of the board of the research programme, researchers will present the results of each project. Some presentations are live, others are short films. Dutch journalist Hans Goedkoop will interview the researchers about the results.

After the presentations of the projects, the programme directors of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), Netherlands Institute for Military History (NIMH) and NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies Gert Oostindie, Ben Schoenmaker and Frank van Vree will present the most important conclusions of the research programme.

Viewers will be able to send the researchers questions during the broadcast via e-mail. Hans Goedkoop will read some of these questions to the researchers. A press conference will follow after the livestream.

9:00 – Welcome by Mariëtte Wolf

9:05 – Introduction of the research programme by Frank van Vree

9:15 – The battle for intelligence in the Indonesian War of Independence, 1945-1949- interview with Rémy Limpach

9:25 – Regional studies and the Dutch – Indonesian collaboration - video by Ireen Hoogenboom, Abdul Wahid, Yulianti, Farabi Fakih and Martijn Eickhoff

9:40 – Bersiap and the dynamics of violence in the first phase of the Indonesian Revolution, 1945-1946 - with Esther Captain and Onno Sinke

9:50 – The Dutch military-legal apparatus during the Indonesian Revolution - with Esther Zwinkels

10:00 – Heavy weapons in the Indonesian Revolution– with Azarja Harmanny

10:15 – Witnesses & Contemporaries - a portrait of the project (video), by Fridus Steijlen and Eveline Buchheim

10:25 – Researchers answer questions from the online audience

10:30 - Break

10:45 – The report Van Rij & Stam – a video with Maarten van der Bent

10:50 – Politics and governance – The Hague and Batavia - interview with Peter Romijn and Remco Raben

11:05 – International perspectives on the Indonesian War of Independence – a conversation with Jeroen Kemperman, Emma Keizer and Tom van den Berge

11:15 – The aftermath of the war 1950-2021 - short film with Meindert van der Kaaij

11:25 – Dutch, British and French extreme violence: a comparative perspective, 1945-1962 – a video, followed by an interview with Thijs Brocades Zaalberg and Bart Luttikhuis

11:35 – Researchers answer questions from the online audience

11:45 – Break

12:00 – Conclusions of the research programme by Gert Oostindie, Ben Schoenmaker and Frank van Vree

Press conference