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The University of Humanistic Studies (co-applicant) and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR, UvA) have received the KNAW-Anticipation Grant Indonesia-The Netherlands (ANGIN). The grant provides seed money to develop together with Indonesian partners research on inter-generational legacies of violence and community based peace building.

Event details of Violence, Stigma, Trauma & Resilience – How to open spaces to address intergenerational legacies of violence?
Date 4 February 2019
Time 13:00 -17:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)
Room B3.09

Legacies of past mass violence affect the quality of family and community life among Indonesians living in Indonesia, but also those living in exile in the Netherlands today. How does experienced violence put stigma on people? How to deal with those injuries and injustices? Via community-based sociotherapy, aiming at breaking intergenerational transmission of trauma and violence? Via court cases on human rights violations, aiming at recognition, apologies and compensation? What are effective approaches to strengthen a resilient society given the specific contexts of Indonesia and exiled Indonesians?

How nationalistic narratives create stigmas is a current and urgent theme not just in Indonesia but also in Europe. We want to discuss in which way the legacy of a violent past puts a heavy burden on the shoulders of individuals, families and communities, strategies for the relief of that burden, and possible approaches for interdisciplinary research.

This project links with ongoig work on trauma and on genocide  both in the AISSR and in various masters’programmes of the UvA. The project offers scope for internships and (PhD) research projects. Anybody interested in the topic is welcome to attend.

The main purpose of this workshop is to get to know each other and to get more attention to the project in the participating institutions as we aim for interdisciplinary collaboration and find students interested in doing a PhD on this topic.

The UvH & AISSR will develop the ANGIN research in cooperation with the Atma Jaya Catholic University Indonesia and the University of Pembangunan Nasional Veteran (both in Jakarta), and the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies NIOD (Amsterdam).


13.00 opening Annemiek Richters and Saskia E. Wieringa

13.15 Introducing the collaboration with the UvH Nicole Immler

13.30 Community-based sociotherapy: Annemiek Richters

14.00 State-organised violence and memorialisation in Indonesia Saskia Wieringa

14.30  Ugur Ungor  - state-orchestrated denial in the context of a 'successful genocide'–

15.00 Discussion

15.15 break

15.30 Introduction Indonesian team

17.00 concluding discussion

17.15 – 18.00 borrel

Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

Room B3.09

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam