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Sleeping Beauties, Hidden Forces - Archaeological and historical sites and the dynamics of heritage formation in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia studies the dynamics of archaeological knowledge production and heritage formation in colonial, post-colonial and contemporary Indonesia.

Young Indonesian Soldiers standing in front of the Borobudur

Researchers: dr. Martijn Eickhoff and dr. Marieke Bloembergen (KITLV)
Duration: 2008-2012 
Intended publication: monograph (2020).
Cooperation: Department of History VU University Amsterdam (project leader: Prof. dr. S. Legêne), Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology

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The main questions addressed by this study are:

  • What was the impact of archeological research and knowledge on colonial and national identity formation and perceptions of (trans)national citizenship?
  • What notions of time and space, of history and political geographical borders, of self and other have been connected to archeological and historical heritage and what is their meaning today in academic/museological and state-based discourses?

This project is part of the research programme Sites, Bodies and Stories - The dynamics of heritage formation in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia and the Netherlands.