Publicatie BMGN-LCHR

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). In the spring of 2019, a group of twelve international and Dutch researchers, led by Thijs Brocades Zaalberg and Bart Luttikhuis, worked hard on a comparative research on several wars of decolonization. An extended book of articles (in English) will follow in 2021 at Cornell University Press.

In an interview with Dirk-Jan Wolffram, chair of the BMGN editorial team, Thijs Brocades Zaalberg and Bart Luttikhuis share more about this publication. Watch the interview here.

You can read this publication online on the BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review site.
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The NIAS-themegroup. From left to right, standing: Stef Scagliola, Natalya Vince, Martin Thomas, Peter Romijn, Hew Bennett, Brian Linn, Roel Frakking and Azarja Harmanny. In front: project leaders Bart Luttikhuis and Thijs Brocades Zaalberg.

Research in times of Corona

What does the corona crisis mean for the researchers, when archives have been closed for more than three months and planned conferences and seminars at home and abroad are canceled for the time being? On our website, Indonesian research coordinators Yulianti and Abdul Wahid, together with Martijn Eickhoff and Ireen Hoogenboom, share how the collaboration between Dutch and Indonesian researchers is organized in times of corona.
Research assistant Maarten van der Bent and researcher Azarja Harmanny also share their experiences in the blogs An exercise in Zen and Doing research in historic times.
Universitas Gadjah Mada

Witnesses & Contemporaries

The Witnesses and Contemporaries project has many contacts with those involved in the events at the time, in both the Netherlands and Indonesia. The corona crisis is hindering work: travels to Indonesia could not take place, ego documents could not be collected, a scheduled witness seminar (group interview) had to be postponed, and our public meeting at the Tong Tong Fair was canceled. As soon as it is allowed, these activities will start again. In the meantime, work is underway on a "kaleidoscopic book" in which the voices and stories collected will be shared with a wider audience. You can still reach the project to share stories and documents by e-mail ( and by telephone (+31 (0)20-523 38 92).

Public meeting 2020

As usual we will organize an annual public meeting. In recent years, meetings have taken place in the National Archives and in Pakhuis de Zwijger. As we consider it important to keep you informed, we are looking into the best way to organize a meeting this year, given the corona measures. As soon as it is clear what we can arrange, we will inform you via the site and our newsletter.
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 frequently asked questions here.
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