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Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-colonial Indonesia

Susie Protschky Paul Bijl Pamela Pattynama Joost Coté Karen Strassler Henk Schulte Nordholt Rudolf Mrázek

280 pages
Amsterdam University Press
The essays in this volume examine, from a historical perspective, how contested notions of modernity, civilization, and being governed were envisioned through photography in early twentieth-century Indonesia, a period when the Dutch colonial regime was implementing a liberal reform program known as the Ethical Policy. The contributors reveal how the camera evoked diverse, often contradictory modes of envisioning an ethically governed colony, one in which the very concepts of modernity and civilization were subject to dispute.
Author Bio
Dr Susie Protschky is a Senior Lecturer in the History Department at Monash University (Australia). She is the author of Images of the Tropics: Environment and Visual Culture in Colonial Indonesia (Leiden, 2011) and editor of Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-Colonial Indonesia (Amsterdam, 2014).