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Rick Honings: the power of language

Alternative perspectives and sources of colonial literature haven’t received much attention before now. School books have long ignored the violence that accompanies colonialsm. How can we paint an honest picture?

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Rick Honing received a Vidi grant for his project Voicing the Colony. Literature of the Dutch colonists in the Dutch East Indies has often been topic of academic research, but rarely has the literature of the colonised been studied. In Voicing the Colony, Honings, together with linguistists, looks at Dutch, Malay and Javanese sources to try to paint a more honest picture of colonial times.

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