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Klaas Stutje, PhD


Klaas Stutje has been involved since November 2019 as historian in the NIOD project PPROCE: Pilot Project Provenance Research on Objects of the Colonial Era. In this project, which is a collaboration between NIOD, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the National Museum of World Cultures, Stutje conducts provenance research on a large selection of museum objects from colonial Indonesia. Ultimately, it is hoped the project will lead to methodological recommendations for such research, in which contact with Indonesian partners is of great importance. Stutje had also delved into the history of Dutch imperialism and colonial Indonesia in earlier research projects. This led to the publication of a book in 2019.

The book Campaigning in Europe for a Free Indonesia, published by NIAS Press in 2019, grew out of PhD research at the University of Amsterdam. In this research, Stutje studied the history of Indonesian nationalism and anti-colonialism, with a special emphasis on the international network of young Indonesian activists in Europe. It led to several publications, including the most recent article ’Herald of a Failed Revolt: Mohammad Hatta in Brussels, 1927’ in The League Against Imperialism, Lives and Afterlives (LUP 2020).

From 2016 to 2019, Stutje was a postdoctoral researcher at the IISH on a project about labour camps and penal labour in colonial Indonesia. This resulted in an article on the Nusakambangan prison island in the International Review of Social History (Vol. 64, 2019).

Other research areas are the history of Indonesian communism and Dutch migration history.

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