Journal article

Transcultural Memory and the Troostmeisjes/Comfort Women Photographic Project

Katharine McGregor, Vera Mackie

History and Memory: studies in representation of the past | Indiana University Press | Published : 2018

Abstract

In 2008 and 2009, a Dutch photographer, Jan Banning, and an anthropologist, Hilde Janssen, traveled around Indonesia to document, with photographs and testimonies, survivors of militarized sexual abuse by the Japanese military during the three-year occupation (1942–1945) of the former Dutch colony, the Netherlands East Indies. We argue that the resultant photographic project can best be understood within the framework of the “politics of pity” and the associated genres of representation. The project creators anticipated a cosmopolitan audience that might be moved to action to support the survivors. Yet, as the project was exhibited in different sites, the women's memories were interpreted th..

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Grants

Awarded by Vera Mackie's Australian Research Council Future Fellowship


Awarded by Katharine McGregor's Australian Research Council Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The research for this article has been supported by Vera Mackie's Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT0992328) From Human Rights to Human Security: Changing Paradigms for Dealing with Inequality in the Asia-Pacific Region and Katharine McGregor's Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT130100957) Confronting Historical Injustice in Indonesia: Memory and Transnational Human Rights Activism. We would like to thank our research assistants Faye Chan and Mayuko Itoh for their assistance with research for this article and Dr Rachel Hughes for her helpful suggestions on an earlier draft of this article.