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VOC symposium in The Hague

The National Archives in the Netherlands is organising a symposium on the VOC archives in November. Those who are interested can apply through their homepage. More information below:

VOC Symposium

The National Archives of the Netherlands finished the digitisation of its VOC collection earlier this year. To mark this special occasion, the National Archives and the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University are pleased to invite you to our symposium on the VOC archives on 23-24 November 2017 titled Rethinking the Dutch East India Company? Old genres new trends in research and analysis. Asides from this, an exhibition on the VOC is hosted by the National Archives this year, which is attracting much attention.

Content and subjects The symposium will address a diverse number of subjects related to the VOC archives, with the following question as the central theme: To what extent has research in the VOC archives changed compared to a few decades ago and where will it go – or does it need to go – in the future? Special attention will be given to the possibilities digitisation offers to non-western researchers and the study of Asian/African history and to the study of the negative sides of colonialism as well as to questions concerning the decolonisation of archive management and research. The preliminary programme is attached to this message.

Registration and enquiries. The symposium will be held at the National Archives in The Hague and admission is free. The language of the symposium is English. Participants can choose to attend one or two days of the symposium. Registration can be done by filling out the form at

More information and updates can also be found on this page. We advise you to register in time since availability of places is limited and we are expecting these to fill up fast.

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