Emerging Memory

Photographs of Colonial Atrocity in Dutch Cultural Remembrance

Paul Bijl

Emerging Memory

Paul Bijl

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

255 pages | 42 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789089645906 Published June 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This incisive volume brings together postcolonial studies, visual culture, and cultural memory studies to explain how the Netherlands continues to rediscover its history of violence in colonial Indonesia. Dutch commentators have frequently claimed that the colonial past and especially the violence associated with it has been “forgotten” in the Netherlands. Uncovering “lost” photographs and other documents of violence has thereby become a recurring feature aimed at unmasking a hidden truth.

The author argues that, rather than absent, such images have been consistently present in the Dutch public sphere and have been widely available in print, on television, and now on the internet. Emerging Memory shows that between memory and forgetting there is a haunted zone from which pasts that do not fit the stories nations live by keep on emerging and submerging while retaining their disturbing presence. 

Introduction: Icons of Memory and Forgetting

Chapter 1. 1904: Imperial Frames

Chapter 2. 1904-1942: Epistemic Anxiety and Denial

Chapter 3. 1942-1966: Compartmentalized and Multidirectional Memory

Chapter 4. 1966-2010: Emerging Memory



List of Places Where the 1904 Photographs Can Be Found

Review Quotes
Low Countries Historical Review
"Essential reading for anyone with the slightest acquaintance with modern Dutch history."
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