Friday, June 7

Freek Colombijn is Associate Professor at the VU University Amsterdam. The main topic of his current research is the nexus between urban social inequality, environmental awareness and consumptive behavior in Indonesia. In addition, Freek Colombijn is also writing about the social consequences of decolonization in Indonesia (1930-1960), the human-made environmental changes in Sumatra (1600-1870), and violence. Freek Colombijn was awarded the Professor Teeuw Award 2007, in appreciation of his cooperation with young Indonesian scholars in urban studies.

Frederiek de Vlaming, PhD, is a criminologist specialized in international criminal law and transitional justice. De Vlaming has a background in human rights, development studies en international refugee law and policy. She is a researcher and lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam and has worked for UNHCR, Amnesty International and several international human rights and development agencies in different parts of the world (Philippines, Hong Kong, UK, Switzerland). De Vlaming is co-founder of the Foundation Lawyers for Lawyers and is blogger/columnist for Amnesty International.
Since 2012 de Vlaming is director of the Nuhanovic Foundation (NF), which is an independent non-profit organization for the assistance of victims of violations of international humanitarian law who seek remedy in the form of reparation, restitution and/or compensation.

Laura Boerhout is a historian (BA History – University of Groningen/University College Cork / MA Holocaust and Genocide studies –University of Amsterdam) specialized in issues of dealing with the wartime past in South Eastern Europe. She graduated cum laude in 2012 on her MA thesis “Sarajevo’s legacy of war. War memorials in the city and contested identities among the young,” based on 4 months of field work and interviewing in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and has worked, amongst others, in BiH for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. Currently she is working as a project coordinator for the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (organizing film workshops on monuments in Europe), as a project employee at the Erasmus Studio for e-research (organizing the conference “Digital Testimonies on War and Trauma) and as a project advisor for the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (developing an e-history book by historians from SEE). Next to that, she provides trainings for youth on identity issues and writes articles and lectures about history and memory in BiH.

The Empire Project is an immersive documentary series and research project by the Dutch-American filmmaking team Jongsma + O’Neill. Empire explores the unintended consequences of Dutch colonialism, and examines the human-scaled impact of global capitalism. Empire was made during an epic three-year journey through Asia, Africa and the Americas. At its core, the project consists of a series of non-fiction video installations. Additional outputs include original essays, photo collections, and video journalism stories. Jongmsa + O’Neill are Eline Jongsma & Kel O’Neil, a trans-Atlantic filmmaking team. They have worked as a two-person crew since 2006, and are responsible for every aspect of Empire’s production, from research to shooting and editing. Their work explores the boundaries between visual art, film and journalism. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Los Angeles Film Festival, Los Angeles; IDFA, Amsterdam; Apex Art, New York; Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town; Jogja National Museum, Yogyakarta; WORM, Rotterdam and Amelie Art Gallery, Beijing.

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