Cooperation with Indonesian researchers

Report of the second workshop at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, by Henk Schulte Nordholt.

On 1 and 2 May 2018, researchers of the ‘Regional Studies’ and ‘Violence, Bersiap, Berdaulat’ subprojects held a workshop in Yogyakarta together with their Indonesian colleagues of the ‘Proklamasi, Kemerdekaan, Revolusi dan Perang di Indonesia’ (Proclamation, Independence, Revolution and War in Indonesia) project to give concrete form to plans for cooperation. An animated exchange of information, perspectives and insights took place in an informal atmosphere. Different views, concepts and terms were comprehensively discussed. What one person referred to as ‘Indonesian decolonization’ was referred to by another as ‘the Dutch occupation’. The discussion revealed that we are not seeking a shared research language as such. Rather, we are taking the diversity of perspectives, terminologies and questions as the starting point.

Read more on the website Decolonization, violence and war in Indonesia, 1945-1950.

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