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In his inaugural lecture, Remco Raben asks which narratives have come to dominate the colonial and post-colonial history of the Dutch East Indies. In Indonesian and Dutch historiography the country has come to be represented as a bone of contention between Dutch colonisers and nationalist Indonesians. Raben asks whether this perspective on the colonial past is too reductive, and proposes a more 'transcolonial' approach that also looks at the way experiences of different groups overlapped and intersected.

Event details of Who speaks for the colonial past?
Date 28 September 2016
Time 16:00 -17:00
Prof Remco Raben
Photo: Dirk Gillissen

R. Raben, professor by special appointment of Colonial and Post-colonial literary and cultural history, on behalf of the Stichting Indisch Herinneringscentrum foundation: Wie spreekt voor het koloniale verleden? Een pleidooi voor transkolonialisme.