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Jakarta Post

Study of decolonization won't benefit us

  • Fia Hamid-Walker
    Fia Hamid-Walker

    Public interest graduate lawyer and postgraduate student at the University of Melbourne

Melbourne   /   Fri, February 2, 2018   /  01:10 pm
Study of decolonization won't benefit us The Indonesian researchers must be honest about their nation’s experience when the direction of this research could interfere with their academic integrity.  (Shutterstock/File)

As an Indonesian graduate lawyer living in Australia with academic interest in Indonesian postcolonial society, I signed the Open Letter sent to the government of the Netherlands in November 2017. Recently in The Jakarta Post, Bambang Purwanto, head of the history department at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, defended the questions raised in the Open Letter regarding the research project titled “Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia, 19451950.” The research, which the government of the Netherlands has decided to fund, has sparked controversy among historians, academics, journalists, researchers and activists from both Indonesia and the Netherlands. Read also: Dutch war study raises questions One of Bambang’s arguments is that the research benefits Indonesia as it will produce new insights into the nation’s history. Yet it remains uncle...

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