Discussion 'Dutch Soldier Photography During the Indonesian National Revolution (1945–50) in Context'
The subjugation campaigns of the colonial army (KNIL) in the Netherlands East Indies, at the turn of the twentieth century, produced one of the most substantial photographic records of military atrocities committed by a European colonial regime anywhere in Southeast Asia before World War Two. We do not see their like again in Indonesia until the surfeit of photographs by ordinary Dutch soldiers from across the armed forces during the Indonesian National Revolution (1945–50).
To note: This presentation contains historic images of violence. The speakers hope to address these images critically and with sensitivity. Feedback is welcome.
The event will take place online via Zoom on September 1, 2022 from 10-11 CET. Please register for the Zoom meeting here.
About the speakers
Dr. Susie Protschky is Associate Professor in History at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia) and an Australia Research Council Future Fellow (2021–5) for the project ‘Decolonisation and photography in Southeast Asia: Histories and legacies’. She is the author of the prize-winning book Photographic Subjects: Monarchy and Visual Culture in Colonial Indonesia (Manchester University Press, 2019).
Dr. Esther Captain is a senior researcher and staff member at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden, the Netherlands. She has been project leader and researcher at the ‘Independence, Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950’-program of the consortium of research institutes KITLV, NIOD and NIMH.
This discussion is part of the History's Darkroom Discussion Series organized by NIOD ImageLab.