Dear Madam, Sir,

On October 6th, Stichting Dialogue NJI (Netherlands, Japan, Indonesia) in collaboration with Indisch Herinneringscentrum (IHC) and the Psychotrauma Expert Group (Arq), will organise the symposium Trauma, Recognition and Reconciliation after Violent Conflict.

Stichting Dialoog NJI strives for exchanging experiences in World War 2 in South East Asia and its aftermath, and building bridges between citizens of the Netherlands, Japan and Indonesia, in order to reach mutual recognition and reconciliation. Besides yearly conferences, education activities and networking, Dialogue NJI aims to stimulate research in support of policy making through organising scientific symposia.

The current symposium will focus on the effects of violence of war at personal, collective and historical level. These differ per individual, population group, country and generation. Current academic insights and the recognition of war traumas will be approached from the perspective of the three countries involved. Research into the personal processing of trauma focuses mainly on second and third generation war victims.

Speakers will cover the medical/psychological, historical, social and political field and hail from the Netherlands, Great Britain and Japan. The programme kicks off with three cases – short filmed interviews with first generation war victims from each of the three countries.

The symposium will be opened by the deputy minister of VWS, drs. Paul Blokhuis, and take a full day of presentations, filmed impressions, group discussion, and musical intermezzo. Topics will also be accessible for a non-academic audience.

Language will be English. Coffee, tea and lunch will be provided.

Young people interested in their own history are very welcome!

Below you can find the program of the symposium and a short introduction of the speakers.

Date and time registration
Saturday  October 6th. 2018  10.00 – 16.15 hrs. (registration starts 09.15 hrs)

20 euro for students
25 euro for non students

Please send in your registration form before September 29th 2018.
Your registration will be accepted after having received your payment into our bank account.

To register for our symposium you can fill in the registration form  on our website here.

Indisch Herinneringscentrum (IHC)
Museum Sophiahof
Sophialaan 10
2514JR Den Haag.

Travel information:

Public Transport
The location can easily be reached by public transportation (tram 1, bus 22 and 24).

By car
Limited parking is available within the premises of IHC, but public (paid) parking is available in the vicinity.

We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday, October 6th!

On behalf of the collaborating organisations Dialoog NJI , IHC and arq

Yukari Tangena- Suzuki, chairperson Stichting Dialoog NJI

For questions about this symposium please send a mail to  or call Rob Sipkens 06-20368738

Symposium program October 6th, 2018

09.15 Walk-in
10.00 10.05 Welcome Ir. Ton Stephan
10.05 10.15 Opening Deputy Minister VWS Drs. Paul Blokhuis
10.15 10.20 Stichting Dialoog NJI Drs. Janneke Roos
10.20 11.05 Casuistic
11.05 11.35 “Violence in context  1942 – 1949” Prof. Dr. Henk Schulte Nordholt
11.35 11.55 Pause  & muzical intermezzo Young Released
11.55 12.25 “Captive fathers, captive children” Dr. Terry Smyth ( UK )
12.25 12.55 “Struggling between resilience and disorder:
– psychological consequences of war related trauma”
Prof. Dr. Rolf Kleber
12.55 13.25 “Broken soldiers in the “Emperors army”:
– medical/social/individual recognition
of war neuroses during the Asia-Pacfic war”
Dr. Eri Nakamura ( Japan )
13.25 14.10 Lunch
14.10 15.10 Discussion groups
15.10 15.25 Pause & musical intermezzo Young Released
15.25 16.10 Panel discussion Henk Bakker MD.
16.10 16.15 Closure Ir. Ton Stephan

A short introduction of the speakers can be found here.

Registration form can be found here.

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