NIOD is going to research the history of labour camps in and outside Europe in cooperation with the IISH , Amsterdam. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has provided funding for the project Four Centuries of Labour Camps. War, Rehabilitation, Ethnicity. This project aims to bring about the first integrated, worldwide history of labour camps. Diachronic and comparative research will be used to trace the socio-political, ideological and economic conditions, which during the last four centuries have led to the emergence and further development of convict labour.
NIOD will lead two of the four sub-studies and is administrator of the project.
The project starts next autumn.