Leven(s) met objecten: De Europese elite van koloniaal Indonesië, haar verzamelingen en identificatie rond 1900

Translated title of the contribution: Life(s) with objects: The European elite of colonial Indonesia, its collections and identification around 1900

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Abstract

Many upper-class migrants from, and to, Dutch colonial Indonesia – often travelling back and forth – collected objects. By analysing the practice of collecting and the meaning these people ascribed to those artefacts, I will provide insight into the way personal, and eventually even collective, identities were formed. The manner in which objects were collected and displayed not only reflected the self-image of their owners in colonial and Dutch society, but may also have been active influences in those processes of (self)identification. The collection of objects, and the meaning ascribed to them, reflected the unequal power relations within colonial society, and simultaneously, was possible a strategy for marginalised people (such as European women) to liberate themselves from social inequality.
Translated title of the contributionLife(s) with objects: The European elite of colonial Indonesia, its collections and identification around 1900
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)227-248
Number of pages22
JournalDe Moderne Tijd
Volume3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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