Slavernijmonument Amsterdam

Research The State and Slavery

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.

Open Archief tentoonstelling

Exhibition Open Archief 3.0

Together with Sound & Vision and Het Nieuwe Instituut, the International Institute of Social History is organising the third edition of Open Archive, in which four makers search open digital heritage collections for new stories, with new media works as the end result.

IISH Staff | Leo Lucassen | Photo by Martin van Welzen

Roots of a Murderous Idea

IISH Research Paper 55 – now online

Leo Lucassen wrote a new research paper on ‘replacement’ thinking in the Atlantic world since the early nineteenth century: Roots of a Murderous Idea: ‘Replacement’ Thinking in the Atlantic World Since the Early 19th Century.

A photograph of Ben Mouwes

In Memoriam Benjamin Mouwes

Met veel verdriet nemen we afscheid van onze zeer gewaardeerde en geliefde collega Benjamin Mouwes, die afgelopen zondag, 26 juni, overleed. Ben was medewerker van de afdeling Data & Verrijking, in het team dat voor de Historische Steekproef Nederland (HSN) data verzamelt. Na zijn pensioen in 2013 bleef hij aan als vrijwilliger bij de HSN.

Een stapel van Gijs Kessler's nieuwe boek 'Rusland - land dat anders wil zijn'.

Book presentation Gijs Kessler

The official presentation of the new book 'Rusland - land dat anders wil zijn' (Russia - Country that wants to be different) was held on June 9th at the publisher, Uitgeverij Prometheus. The book is a personal retrospective on 25 years of living and working in Russia by Gijs Kessler, senior researcher at the Institute. 

Gezicht op de koffieplantage Leeverpoel in Suriname, anoniem, ca. 1700 - ca. 1800, Collectie Rijksmuseum

Research IISH shows large scale involvement in slavery predecessors ABN AMRO

Today, the research report The slavery history of historical predecessors of ABN AMRO. An investigation into Hope & Co. and R. Mees & Zoonen was published. Authors of the report are Dr. Pepijn Brandon and Dr. Gerhard de Kok. It is the result of historical research commissioned by ABN AMRO and conducted by the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam.

Peyman Jafari

Peyman Jafari receives VENI grant to research global oil frontiers

Great news! Dr. Peyman Jafari, affiliated with the International Institute of Social history and Princeton University, has been awarded a VENI grant of 280.000 euro by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for his project Oil Frontiers in the British and Dutch Empires: Land, Labour and Environment in the Making of an Imperial Oil Regime, 1890-1940.