Research to be completed later

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the results of the research programme will be presented several months later than originally intended. The presentation is postponed from early September 2021 to the end of November 2021. The delay is a direct consequence of the problems the researchers have experienced in the past year, such as the closure of archives in the Netherlands and Indonesia and the impossibility of field study, research workshops and witness seminars in Indonesia. The programme tries to tackle and circumvent the problems that have risen by organizing online sessions, but obviously not all intended activities can be resolved this way.
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The internal research workshops are continued online as much as possible. Screenshot of the workshop at November 19, 2020.

No public meeting this year

This year there will be no public meeting. A live meeting, like we held in recent years in Pakhuis de Zwijger (2017 and 2018) and in the National Archives (2019), is impossible for now. We have been looking for online alternatives, but we don’t believe they provide for the same degree of interactivity. We will inform you via the site about the progress of the research programme and hope to welcome you again on a public meeting in 2021.

In the meantime, do you have any questions about the research programme, the progress or one the different projects? We will be happy to answer them. Please contact us via

Podcast with researcher Roel Frakking

For the NIOD REWIND podcast, researcher Anne van Mourik recently interviewed Roel Frakking on the the importance of local dynamics in researching decolonization conflicts. Together with professor Martin Thomas (University of Exeter) Roel wrote an article on the same theme for the BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review, in which the first results of the research project Comparing the wars of decolonization were presented in July 2020.

You can listen to the (English) interview here.
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Witnesses & Contemporaries

Within the Independence, Decolonisation, Violence and War in Indonesia-research programme, the Witnesses & Contemporaries project specifically focuses on collecting the experiences of those involved in the events at the time.

On the programme website, the Witnesses & Contemporaries project publishes a series of blogs about the interviews held and about the valuable ego documents (such as letters and diaries) the project has been alerted to. Recently the blog Rose-tinted spectacles are essential was published, about the letters sent by the Rempt-Schepers couple from the Dutch East Indies/Indonesia to the Netherlands between 1937 and 1946. For this blog, their daughters selected a few of the letters from the period September 1945 to February 1946 and wrote an introduction.
Emma Rempt-Schepers, with children Marijke (9), Jetteke (3) and Menno (6)
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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