Research The State and Slavery

05 December 2022 - 12:05

In June 2022, the Royal Dutch Centre for Caribbean and Asian Studies (KITLV), the National Institute for Dutch Slavery Past and Heritage (NiNsee), the International Institute of Social History (IISH) and the University of Curaçao started a research project into the Dutch colonial slavery past and its effects.

The research has been commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in response to the motion by Member of Parliament Ceder and his co-signatories. The field exploration is an independent national investigation into the slavery past that provides insight into 'what happened during slavery, on behalf of whom and how'. One of the central questions guiding the research is: how were the predecessors of the Dutch state involved in the colonial slavery past en its afterlifes in the (previously) colonised societies and the Kingdom of the Netherlands? Under the leadership of prof.dr. Rose Mary Allen, dr. Esther Captain, dr. Matthias van Rossum and drs. Urwin Vyent, the first insights of this research will be presented in book form in mid-2023.

More information on the project can be found on this website:


Slavernijmonument Amsterdam
Slavernijmonument in Oosterpark Amsterdam. Fotograaf: Klaas 'Z4us' van B. V.