Burdens of Proof : Photography and Evidence of Atrocity during the Dutch Military Actions in Indonesia (1945-1950)

Protschky, Susanne 2020, Burdens of Proof : Photography and Evidence of Atrocity during the Dutch Military Actions in Indonesia (1945-1950), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, vol. 176, no. 2-3, pp. 240-278, doi: 10.1163/22134379-bja10015.

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Title Burdens of Proof : Photography and Evidence of Atrocity during the Dutch Military Actions in Indonesia (1945-1950)
Author(s) Protschky, Susanne
Journal name Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde
Volume number 176
Issue number 2-3
Start page 240
End page 278
Total pages 39
Publisher Brill
Place of publication Leiden, The Netherlands
Publication date 2020
ISSN 0006-2294
2213-4379
Keyword(s) Revolusi Nasional Indonesia (Indonesian National Revolution)
Dutch military operations in Indonesia, 1945–1949
photography
violence
decolonization
Summary Abstract There is but a limited scholarship on photographic sources from the Dutch military actions during the Revolusi Nasional Indonesia (Indonesian National Revolution) (1945–1949), and what exists almost entirely neglects perhaps the largest component of the archives: Dutch soldiers’ amateur photographs. Yet this category of photographs has simultaneously attracted much public and media controversy. This article contends that a narrow range of soldiers’ amateur photographs have thus far borne an anomalously weighty burden of proof to substantiate the nature and limits of extreme violence during the National Revolution, one that is brittle and difficult to sustain unless historians begin to broaden the focus of investigations into photographic archives. This article also investigates what it may mean for present-day Indonesians to see their ancestors as perpetrators as well as victims of violence and, importantly, as occupants of the ambiguous categories between both ends of this spectrum. What are the ethics of looking at and reproducing these photographs, and to whom do they belong?
Language eng
DOI 10.1163/22134379-bja10015
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30156694

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