The Skeleton's in Holland's Colonial Past: A Book Presentation of 'Silenced Voices' by Inez Hollander
April 19, 2009
Netherlands America University League and Dutch Studies at UC Berkeley organize a book presentation of "Silenced Voices" by Inez Hollander.
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA
Following the presentation there will be a reception with wine and Indonesian hors d'oeuvre.
Silenced Voices by Inez Hollander
Like a number of Netherlanders in the postWorld War II era, Inez Hollander only gradually became aware that her family had significant connections with its Dutch colonial past, including an Indonesian great-grandmother. For the most part such personal stories have been, if not entirely silenced, at least only whispered about in Holland, where society has remained uncomfortable with many aspects of its imperial rule. Unlike the majority of memoirs that are soaked in nostalgia fortempo doeloe, Hollander’s sets out to come to grips with her family’s past by weaving together personal records with more general, academic views of the period. She seeks not merely to locate and preserve family memories, but also totest them against a more disinterested historical record. Hers is acomplicated and sometimes painfulpersonal journey of realization, unusually mindful of the ways in which past memories and present considerations can be intermingled when we seek to understand a difficult past. Silenced Voices is an important contribution to the literature on how Dutch society has dealtwith its recent colonial history.
SILENCED VOICES will have its Dutch debut under the title Verstilde stemmen en verzwegen levens (Amsterdam: Atlas, Spring 2009)
About the Author:
Inez Hollander teaches in the Dutch Studies Program at UC Berkeley. Her publications include The Road from Pompey’s Head: The Life and Work of Hamilton Basso and a memoir, Awakening from the American Dream. For more information, please visit the author's website: http://web.mac.com/inezhollander/Site/Silenced_Voices.html