Researcher Colonial Collections
+31 (0)20-5233800

Klaas Stutje (1986) studied history at the University of Amsterdam. In 2016 he obtained his PhD at the same university with a dissertation on the history of Indonesian nationalism and anti-colonialism, with a special emphasis on the international network of young Indonesian activists in Europe. This resulted in the recent publication of Campaigning in Europe for a Free Indonesia. From 2016 to 2019, Stutje was a postdoc researcher at the IISH in a project about labor camps and penal labor in colonial Indonesia. On the basis of this research he published, among other things, an article about the Nusakambangan prison island in the International Review of Social History. Between 2017 and 2019 he was also a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. Other areas of expertise are the history of Indonesian communism and Dutch migration history.

In November 2019 Klaas Stutje started as a provenance researcher in a joint research project of the NIOD, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the National Museum of World Cultures to develop a methodology for conducting research into the provenance of the colonial collections. This research project focuses on the two museums’ colonial collections of objects originating in Indonesia. 
Finally, Klaas Stutje is co-founder and editor of the blog Over de Muur.