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UvA commissions NIOD to investigate its colonial past.

UvA commissions NIOD to investigate its colonial past

Published on 02-07-2024
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is set to investigate its own colonial and slavery history and has asked the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies to conduct the research. The preliminary research will begin on 1 September.
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By selecting the NIOD, the university has chosen an independent and renowned institute known for its expertise in researching violence, oppression, exclusion, and plunder, and the societal impact of these phenomena both in the past and present.

Research in two stages

he research trajectory comprises two parts. During the preliminary phase, NIOD will establish the definitive research assignment, detailing various research domains and identifying relevant sources and methodologies. This phase includes an inventory of the collections, archives, and buildings that need to be examined.

Central to this phase is how to investigate the university's position within the colonial system, considering its roles as a training institution, a knowledge institute, and a legitimising entity. This six-month preliminary research will lay the groundwork for the main research. In the main research phase, a societal and a scientific advisory committee involving UvA experts will be formed. The exact duration of this phase is yet to be determined, but it is expected to take several years.

Read the full article about this research project on uva.nlExternal link.