Photography, Modernity And The Governed In Late-colonial Indonesia by Susie ProtschkyPhotography, Modernity And The Governed In Late-colonial Indonesia by Susie Protschky

Photography, Modernity And The Governed In Late-colonial Indonesia

EditorSusie Protschky

Hardcover | March 16, 2015

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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.
Susie Protschky is a lecturer in modern history and an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Images of the Tropics.
Title:Photography, Modernity And The Governed In Late-colonial IndonesiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.8 inPublished:March 16, 2015Publisher:Amsterdam University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Part I - Governing Lenses on Ethical Policy and Practice

1  Camera Ethica

Photography, modernity and the governed in late-colonial Indonesia

            Susie Protschky

2  Ethical policies in moving pictures

The films of J.C. Lamster

            Jean Gelman Taylor

3  Ethical projects, ethnographic orders and colonial notions of modernity in Dutch Borneo

G.L. Tichelman’s Queen’s Birthday photographs from the late 1920s

            Susie Protschky

4  Saving the children?

The Ethical Policy and photographs of colonial atrocity during the Aceh War

            Paul Bijl

Part II - Local Lenses on Living in an “Ethical” Indies

5  Interracial unions and the Ethical Policy

The representation of the everyday in Indo-European family photo albums

            Pamela Pattynama

6  Reversing the lens

Kartini’s image of a modernised Java

            Joost Coté

7  Modelling modernity

Ethnic Chinese photography in the ethical era

            Karen Strassler

8  Modernity and middle classes in the Netherlands Indies

Cultivating cultural citizenship

            Henk Schulte Nordholt

9  Say “cheese”

Images of captivity in Boven Digoel (1927-43)

            Rudolf Mrázek