The cultural centre of the Netherlands in the Indonesian capital Jakarta reflects a dynamic relationship between the two countries.
Seventy-five years after the declaration of Indonesian independence, it is high time for apologies to be made at the level of government, and for a national memory that is more inclusive.
Birney's throat-grabbing novel 'The Interpreter from Java' about the colonial past in the Dutch East Indies highlights the lasting consequences of a civil war in a penetrating way.
Reinier Salverda scrutinises the translation of what still is “the greatest novel ever in Dutch literature”.
With the Congo Commission, Belgium took a different path from the Netherlands, which had its colonial past in Indonesia investigated by three institutes. What does this mean for dealing with a fraught history?
‘Postcolonial Mirror’ and ‘New Colonial Reading List’ are two new important books on Dutch East Indies literature. Both editions aim at a complete revision of the existing image.
A lifetime after the end of the colonial era, Dutch Indies literature still plays off colonial myths and realities against each other, and finds words for painful, half-forgotten things.
The distorted image that many Dutch people have of the overseas territories during the colonial occupation is often based on movies.
Our selection of recent university press publications in English on the Low Countries.
Irish historian Paul Doolan claims that for many decades, Dutch historians have inadequately investigated the decolonization of Indonesia.
A dusty plaque on the wall of a Brussels sandwich shop marks the site where Multatuli wrote his classic novel Max Havelaar.
A large-scale investigation shows that Dutch soldiers used extreme violence during the Indonesian War of Independence and that high-ranking officials condoned it.
Over the centuries, many Dutch people have contributed to Asian culture and society in various ways.
What did the Dutch know, through the ages, about what went on in their colonies, in the East and West Indies? Ewald Vanvught gives an outline of the current changing view of the colonial period in the Netherlands with reference to four monu...
Throughout the past decades, the Erasmus Huis has strengthened its role as a centre for cultural diplomacy for the Netherlands in Indonesia.
Indonesia’s independence in 1949 did not mark the end of Dutch influence. Many Dutch colonial structures remained in use.
The 1960s saw important diplomatic shifts between the Netherlands and Indonesia, which laid the foundation for the current bilateral relationship, and the opening of the Erasmus Huis in 1970.
Our best language stories of 2020, handpicked by the editor.
There is something about the development of the Indonesian language that irritates journalist Joss Wibisono - it is being mixed with English.
The speech of festival director Viktorien van Hulst at the seminar ‘Indonesia and the Netherlands: a joint future’.
PhD Researcher Grace Leksana reflects on the speech by Gert Oostindie at the seminar 'Indonesia and the Netherlands: a joint future'.
Gert Oostindie spoke of the contemporary significance of the colonial past at the seminar 'Indonesia and the Netherlands: a joint future'.