(image: Leopold II, King of the Belgians; souce: Wikimedia Commons)
DIGICOLJUST – Colonial Violence, Subaltern Agency and Shared Archival Heritage: A Digital Platform of Colonial Judiciary Sources Funded by the BELSPO program BRAIN-be2.0 and based on a partnership between AGR/ARA, ULB and VUB, DIGICOLJUST is a two-year digitizing and scientific project starting from a poorly-known archival collection of strategic importance for the history of Belgian colonialism in Central Africa and for the Belgian State Archives collections: the archives of the trial records of the court martials of the Congo Free State (1885-1908) and of the Belgian Congo (1908-1960). This project aims to make these records accessible and to explore new research agendas related to controversial issues of colonial violence and repression as well as to African agency and its modes of expression in colonial courtrooms. DIGICOLJUST will work on three levels: (1) identification and inventory of sources; (2) digitization and preservation; (3) digital dissemination and scientific valorization.
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