Thursday evening, September 13, 2018, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
Decolonization or Recolonization?
The importance of personal stories, the need for polyphony, and the inevitability of concept confusion.

Exactly a year ago, the research program Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia 1945-1950 was launched. What is the state of the research now? Which questions and pressing themes do researchers have to deal with? What impact does the war have on Indonesia and the Netherlands to this day?
You are very welcome to attend the second public meeting on the four-year research program. 
In the first part of the evening will focus on the impact of the colonial war, the second part on the terminology. The concept of politionele actie - ‘police action’ - may now be outdated, but what about the term “decolonization”? Since Indonesia already declared independence on 17 August, 1945, the subsequent war can also be seen as an attempt to recolonize the country. A discussion on this theme,  with a number of experts, will take place on 13 September. During the meeting there will be the opportunity to ask questions.
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179 Amsterdam
Thursday September 13th 
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(moderator: Katinka Baehr)

Frank van Vree will speak about the current state of the research (in Dutch)
Guest lecture (details to follow) 

Verhalen verrijken 
(in English) 
Stephanie Welvaart talks to 3 grandchildren of Dutch and Indonesian contemporaries about the value of personal stories: Hanneke Coolen-ColstersJeftha Pattikawa, Natasha Santoso, 

Westerling, een broederstrijd (in Dutch)
Scènes from the theater company DeltaDua,  with Anne van Mourik

Column Jeffry Pondaag (in Dutch)

Reactions and questions 

Panel Discussion: “Decolonization or recolonization”? (in Dutch)
A lawyer, a historian, an expert in education, and a museum expert discuss terminology and the political and legal choices which lie behind it. With: Marc van BerkelMartine GosselinkRemco Raben and Liesbeth Zegveld,

22.00 uur
Closing, followed by a drink 
Decolonization, violence and war in Indonesia, 1945-1950 is a large-scale 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.
Do you have any questions about the research programme? We will be happy to answer them. Please contact us via We already answered a number of frequented asked questions here.
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