About this program

The research program 'Sites, Bodies and Stories' investigates cultural heritage formation in colonial and postcolonial Indonesia and the Netherlands since the beginning of the nineteenth century. It analyses the emergence of a colonial canon of Indonesian culture, and its impact on the dynamics of appropriation and belonging, inclusion and exclusion, during the process of (post)colonial state formation. The project ran from June 2010 to January 2013 and was realized through three linked case studies, focusing on different heritage domains. The case studies concerned: (1) archaeological-historical sites; (2) human remains and physical anthropological data; and (3) contemporary performing traditions and performance practices.

The program is a collaboration project between the History department of VU University Amsterdam, the Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies and the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The program is funded by NWO (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research). Together with scientists, (inter)national organizations and companies, NWO funds and develops top quality research programs. SBS is part of the ‘Cultural Dynamics’ program of NWO.

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