Colonial archives archief Colonies and colonial archives This annual deals with colonial archives. However, this apparently simple title immediately conjures up questions of what is to be understood by the concept of colonial archives. These days, the words colonial archives make up a term that is used frequently and owes much to the attention that anthropologists and other social scientists have drawn to these archives as an object of research as well as a source.1 A topic that is frequently discussed is to what extent these colonial archives can be used in making the voice of the colonised population heard. In this regard, Jannette Allis Bastian even speaks of a 'colonial and an archival turn'.2 According to this view, the 'silences' in colonial archives have at least as CHARLES JEURGENS AND TON KAPPELHOF The former repository of the General Secretary in Buitenzorg (current Bogor). The building nowadays is in use as trainingcenter of Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (National Archives of Indonesia). 1 The following may be mentioned here: Richards, Imperial Archive; Dirks, 'Annals of the Archive'; Stoler, 'Colonial Archives and the Arts of governance'; Joseph, Reading the East India CompanyBurton, Dwelling in the Archive; Arondekar, 'Without a Trace'. 2 Bastian, 'Reading colonial records', 270. 7

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