Exhibition & Symposium
Exhibition: 14 September until 7 January 2024
Loot – 10 stories is a fascinating exhibition organized from
14 September 2023 until 7 January 2024 by Mauritshuis, The Hague.
In addition to viewing the objects in various forms the exhibition is an attempt to encourage the visitors to reflect upon the complications on assessing what may be looted cultural objects. Or simply enjoy and experience the objects also in Virtual Reality.
For more information please see:
Please note: Due to the limited capacity of the unique VR experiences within the exhibition, it is necessary to book a ticket online in advance.
Symposium: 16 and 17 November 2023
Complimenting the exhibition The Mauritshuis will organize a symposium on Looted artefacts on 16th and 17th November. The focus will be on the three periods addressed in the exhibition: Colonial looted art, Nazi looted art, and Napoleonic looted art.
On the 1st day there will be short lectures from academics, policy makers, and stakeholders. To be followed by Q&A sessions. After the sessions, the participants can visit the exhibition.
The key objective of the 2nd day is to engage in a constructive and future-oriented dialogue with all participants. Through breakout sessions, topics such as collaborating with communities, technological solutions, and the decolonization of museum collections will be addressed.
On the 2nd day, 17 November, Dilip Tambyrajah of the Netherlands Sri Lanka Foundation, along with Alicia Schrikker, Leiden University will moderate a session on Provenance Research and International Cooperation related to Colonial Collections of the state.
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Look forward to meeting you in The Hague!
Event Completed :
Web Seminar on Wednesday 24 May 2023
|To Give or Not to Give it Back to Sri Lanka
Considerations, Concerns and Actions regarding the artefacts of colonial period
on Wednesday 24 May 2023, 12:30 to 14:30 hrs Netherlands and 16:00-18:00 hrs Sri Lanka time.
To commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, the Netherlands Sri Lanka Foundation of the Netherlands and the LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development, Leiden University has and will organise web seminars delving into different aspects of Dutch-Sri Lankan collaboration in the fields of research such as Heritage, Cultural Artefacts, Conflict & Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and similar themes.
The present seminar will address issues related to restitution of artefacts of the colonial period. The demands for the restitution or return of cultural artefacts to their country of origin is surrounded by lots of controversy. However, there is potential for mutual learning, understanding the historical context and the significance, meaning and value of cultural artefacts of the colonial period.
This seminar is about the Colonial Collections of Sri Lanka in the museums of the Netherlands. The speakers will provide an update on the state of affairs of restitution activities in the Netherlands and the general sentiments in Sri Lanka; touch on the (lack of or limited) provenance research and documentation of some these cultural artefacts. The processual concerns with regards to restitution and return. Finally the discussions will focus on the considerations and concerns that may be, or need to be, addressed so progress and actions are encouraged in enabling the potential restitution/return of the cultural artefacts.
We have top speakers dealing with the highly debated topic of restitution of colonial artefacts. There will be 1 expert from Sri Lanka and 1 from the Netherlands. The session will be moderated by Her Excellency Ms. Mr. Drs. Bonnie Horbach, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Thank your for participating.
Her Excellency Ms. Mr. Drs. Bonnie Horbach
Ambassador of the Netherlands
to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Professor Naazima Kamardeen
Professor in Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo
Stuck in the pipeline: The complicated process of restitution of colonial cultural Property from Netherlands to Sri Lanka
Dr. Evelien Campfens
A cultural heritage law specialist and post-doc fellow at the Research Group ‘Museums Collections and Society’.
Title to be announced
Reflections, Discussions and Recommendations
Perspectives on Post-War Sri Lanka
Thursday 16 February 2023
15:00 – 17:00 NL time
19:30 – 21:30 SL time
virtual (ZOOM) seminar ‘Perspectives on Post-War Sri Lanka’
on Thursday 16 February 2023, 15:00 to 17:00 hrs Netherlands and 19:30-21:30 hrs Sri Lanka time.
To commemorated 70 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, the Netherlands Sri Lanka Foundation of the Netherlands has and will organise web seminars delving into different aspects of Dutch-Sri Lankan collaboration in the fields of research such as Heritage, Cultural Artefacts, Conflict & Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and similar themes.
The present seminar will address issues related to Post-War Sri Lanka.
We have 4 top speakers knowledgeable in matters concerning Sri Lanka and on issues related to the important topic of concern of this seminar.
Please see below the list of speakers and the attached PDF document for a synopsis and Bio of each speaker.
|We have 4 top speakers knowledgeable in matters concerning Sri Lanka
and on issues related to the important topic of concern of this seminar.
Please see below the list of speakers
For a synopsis and Bio of each speaker CLICK HERE
|Governance during Armed Conflict:
Theoretical & empirical reflections on prominent conflict dynamics in Sri Lanka
|Dr. Niels Terpstra
Assistant Professor in Conflict Studies
Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management,
Radboud University, Netherlands
|Violence against women in post-war Sri Lanka
|Dr. Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits
Assistant Professor in Conflict and Peace Studies
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
|Sri Lanka’s Failed Reconciliation: Actors, Issues and Complexities
|Professor S.I. Keethaponcalan
Professor of Conflict resolution,
Salisbury University, Maryland
Former Professor of Political Science, University of Colombo
|The Rajapaksa regnum: Form populism to authoritarianism
|Professor Nira Wickramasinghe
Chair & Professor of Modern South Asian Studies
Professor (Emeritus) Georg Frerks
Professor Emeritus of Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management, Utrecht University
Professor Emeritus of International Security Studies, Netherlands Defence Academy
|Thanks for participating on
16 February 2023
|Event completed (Web Seminar):
“Exploring Heritage, Sri Lanka – Netherlands Relation”
Thursday 20 October 2022
To commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, the LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development and the Netherlands the Sri Lanka Foundation of the Netherlands have organised a web seminar delving into different aspects of Dutch-Sri Lankan collaboration in the fields of research and heritage.
The audience will be welcomed by Her Excellency Ms. Dr. Bonnie Horbach, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and Her Excellency Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
During the web seminar, renowned scholars from the Netherlands and Sri Lanka will offer the audience a unique opportunity to look at the outstanding and multifaceted Sri Lankan heritage from different perspectives.
Following the talks, the seminar attendees will also be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions.
Lists of speakers (in alphabetical order):
What did the Dutch do in Sri Lanka?
Some observations on two facets of Dutch Administration in Sri Lanka.
The talk will be about Water systems in Sri Lanka (title tentative)
Colonial Cultural Property: Reconciliation Through Conflict?
Promoting cultural heritage through film and tourism: Reflections on Sri Lanka
The importance of heritage for inclusive and sustainable tourism development
Collecting, right or wrong
The event is free and proudly supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sri Lanka.
For a more details of the talks and speakers please click here
We are pleased to present a collection of banners which were used for an exhibition on Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka.
To view the banners on the general description of the forts please click here.
To view the banners on the Batticaloa fort please click here
To view the banners on the Colombo fort please click here
To view the banners on the Galle fort please click here
To view the banners on the Jaffna fort please click here
To view the banners on the Mannar fort please click here
To view the banners on the Matara fort please click here
To view the banners on the Trincomalee fort please click here
Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka (click here for more information)
The banner exhibition ‘Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka’ has been developed in cooperation with the Department of Archaeology of Sri Lanka, the Galle Heritage Foundation and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Colombo, with the support of the Foundation Netherlands-Sri Lanka, The Hague, and the Foundation Documentation Monuments VOC, Amsterdam. Author and compiler: Lodewijk Wagenaar, Amsterdam.
The official opening of the exhibition by Her Excellency Tanja Gonggrijp, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka will on Tuesday 22 March 2022. The opening venue will be the Jaffna Fort.
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