Current research

Remembering the anti-communist acts of mass violence committed in 1965/66 under the responsibility of the Indonesian state is still sensitive, even after the regime change of 1998. Nonetheless, on a local level the related memory is omnipresent. The project Memory Landscapes and the Regime Change of 1965-66 in Semarang aims to explore the collective memory of the ‘1965-tragedy’. It focuses on the question to what extent sites function as carriers of memories existing beyond the official state discourse? Starting with witnesses and places of violence this project furthermore aims to develop a new, small scale digital tool to map and visualize localized memory of mass violence.

Diorama with 'inhabitants of Semarang' protesting against the Communist Party

Reseachers: dr. Martijn Eickhoff
Duration: 2013-2014
Intented publications: '1965 Today; Living with the Indonesian Massacres' special issue Journal of Genocide Research (2017).

CooperationUniversitas Katolik Soegijapranata (UNIKA) Semarang, Radboud University Nijmegen and LAB1100.

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In 2014 this project was provided a grant by the ‘Added Value through Humanities’ (Alfa-Meerwaarde) Programme of NWO. 

In 2013 and 2014 the partners organized two pilot workshops. The 2013-workshop was a first methodological and practical exploration of the research field. The 2014-workshop tested the digital research environment Nodegoat, developed by LAB1100 in order to map and visualize memory landscapes.