Conference venue



The conference will be held at the Royal Tropical Institute (“Koninklijk Instituut van de Tropen” = KIT) ïn Amsterdam. The KIT is located close to the center of Amsterdam and has easy public transport connections to the center of Amsterdam and to famous attractions such as the Van Gogh museum and the Concert Hall.


Address:     Mauritskade 63, 1092AD Amsterdam.
Telephone:     +31205688711
Fax:         +31206684579


Initially the conference would be held at the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam. However, due to renovation of the Psychology Building this location will not be available in July 2012. The University of Amsterdam is sponsoring the costs of this new location. As conference organizers we are very happy with this new location which offers stylish conference and meeting rooms of varying sizes, all equipped with modern conference facilities and professional audiovisual and ICT facilities. In addition, the mission of KIT “international and intercultural cooperation” fits perfectly with the mission of ITC.


Route by Public Transport


From Central Station (train station): tram 9 or bus 22. Or metro to Weesperplein, then tram 10 to Alexanderplein (destination Azartplein), or 15 minute walk instead of tram 10 (approx.).


From Amstel Station (train station): metro to Weesperplein (destination Central Station), then tram 10 to Alexanderplein (destination Azartplein, get out), or 15 minute walk instead of tram 10 (approx.).


From Muiderpoort Station (train station): tram 14 to Alexanderplein (destination Slotermeer), or 15 minute walk (approx.).


From Dam Square: tram 9 to Alexanderplein (direction Diemen Sniep) or tram 14 to Alexanderplein (direction Flevopark).


From Leidseplein: tram 10 to Alexanderplein (destination Azartplein).


From Museum Square: tram 3 to Wijttenbachstraat/Linnaeusstraat (destination Muiderpoortstation), then 8 minute walk (approx.).


See also the tab Public Transport in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is easily accessible by air (Schiphol airport), car or train. Amsterdam is internationally oriented, and the use of English is prevalent.


About KIT


The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam is an independent centre of knowledge and expertise in the areas of international and intercultural cooperation, operating at the interface between theory and practice and between policy and implementation. The Institute contributes to sustainable development, poverty alleviation and cultural preservation and exchange.


The Building


Since 1926, KIT has been housed in a historic building at the edge of the Oosterpark specially designed by the architect J.J. van Nieukerken and his sons.


All departments had their own separate construction, yet they formed a coherent whole. The complex was built in the neo-renaissance style using one colour for the bricks and one type of natural stone for the finish. The main building, housing the main entrance, the main hall and library, and professional departments, is located on the Mauritskade side. The museum and theater have their own entrance on the Linnaeusstraat. A low building with the shape of a semicircle connects the two buildings. At the corner of the Linnaeusstraat and Mauritskade is a large bell tower. Imposing features of are the octagonal Marble Hall, the large Auditorium, and the museum’s Light Hall.


The building is richly adorned with decorative features and symbols referring to different cultures of the world and the colonial history of the Netherlands. For the decoration on and inside the building a special 'Commission for Symbolism' was established. An abundance of sculptures, reliefs, woodcarving and wrought ironwork depict trade, industry, overseas relations, founders of the Institute and the work it conducts. More than ten sculptors were commissioned to do this.


During the last decades the building has been restored and expanded. From 1967 the main hall, the library and offices were dealt with first, followed by the museum. New additions were a theatre), Tropenmuseum Junior and new exhibition hall. A separate project was the construction of a hotel next to the Institute in 1976. Since 1996 parts of the Institute’s activities are also housed in the former Muiderkerk on the Linnaeusstraat.


History of KIT


The history of the Institute dates back to 1864 with the foundation in Haarlem of the Colonial Museum. This museum had both scientific and eductional objectives. Its collection consisted of anthropological and cultural artefacts and products from the Indian archipel.


From 1871 the museum also performed research aimed at enhancing the production and processing of tropical products such as coffee beans, rotan and paraffin.


Because of attention being paid to ethnology and 'ethnic politics' at the time, interest grew in the way of life of people overseas. This in turn led to attention being paid to promoting the welfare of Indonesians.


Around the turn of the century the size of the collection, the research coupled to it and the growth in visitor numbers demanded more space. To accommodate this demand the museum teamed up with an Association (‘Vereeniging Koloniaal Instituut’) that aimed at establishing a Colonial Institute in Amsterdam.


In 1910 the Association formally establishment Colonial Institute with which the Colonial Museum merged. Its members - individuals, companies and state institutions - contributed funds for a new building to be located on the former Eastern Cemetery of Amsterdam.


Three designs were tendered of which the building commission chose that of J.J. van Nieukerken. Following his death, his sons M.A. and J. Van Nieukerken took over the project. Construction began in 1915. Materials were hard to find and expensive due to the outbreak of the First World War, and this caused long delays. Strikes, storm damage and harsh winters also led to delays. In total the construction lasted 11 years.
Finally, on the 9th of October 1926, Queen Wilhelmina opened the complex.


The decolonization period resulted in a broadening of the Institute’s mission, from studying the 'Dutch Overseas Territories', to the tropics in general, including 'cultural, economic and hygienic issue'.


In 1950 – two years after the independence of Indonesia – the name of the Institute was changed to Royal Tropical Institute (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen - KIT).


Important Dates and Deadlines

Conference Dates:

July 3-5, 2012

July 2, 2012 (Pre-Conference Workshops)



Submissions are now closed since 20 January 2012

Early bird registration has been closed on 15 April 2012


Second announcement of conference:

Download 2nd Announcement 8th Conference of the ITC