Bogor Botanical Gardens



Hortus botanicus Leiden, KITLV, NWO, Descartes Centre voor Wetenschapsgeschiedenis en Wetenschapsfilosofie

19 October - Interdisciplinary symposium – Managing Alliances: Plant Science at Bogor Botanical Gardens, 1817‐2017

In 2017, the Botanical Gardens in Bogor, Indonesia, celebrate their 200th anniversary. This interdisciplinary symposium examines plant science at the garden in Bogor by asking how changing local and global alliances shaped the study of plants in Indonesia from the early 1800s under Dutch rule to the age of decolonization. What emerges is a picture of the Garden that constantly had to renew itself. Plant science at the Garden was the product of coordination and competition between different disciplines, institutes, communities and networks in Asia and beyond.

However, although Bogor plant science altered over time partly thanks to the dynamics of global and local alliances it built on, there were continuities too. Since its establishment in 1817, the Garden formed part of a colonial an imperial bureaucracy which considered knowledge about nature as an extension of the emerging colonial state.

In order to provide a fresh view on the Gardens’ entangled past, this interdisciplinary symposium brings together historians and biologists from Europe and the US whose research concern the history of plant science and neigboring disciplines in Bogor and the Indonesian Archipelago.


Andreas Weber (University of Twente)
Robert-Jan Wille (Utrecht University)
Paul Keßler (Hortus Botanicus Leiden)

Symposium programme:

13:00-13:10 Opening

13.10-13:50 Andreas Weber, University of Twente
Establishing a Niche: Imperial Horticulture in the Early Nineteenth century Indonesian Archipelago

13:50-14:15 Justin Jansen, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
The bird collections of the Baudin expedition 1800-1804

14:15 – 14.45 Coffee break

14.45 -15.25 Robert-Jan Wille, Utrecht University
From Chemical Experiments to Biological Development: Changing Repertoires of Technocracy in the Dutch Indies, 1868‐1909

15.25-15.50 Eulàlia Gassó Miracle, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Collecting butterflies in the early twentieth century Indonesian Archipelago: the J.M.A. van Groenendael collection disclosed

15.50-16.10: Short break (offers a chance to have look at historical photo albums of the garden in Bogor)

16.10-16.55 Andrew Goss, Augusta University, US
Inventing the Kebun Raya in the New Republic: Scientific Cooperation at the Bogor Botanical Gardens in the Age of Decolonization

16.55 -17.10 Robert Jan Wille
Questions and closing remarks

17.10-18.00 Borrel


Conference fee €10,-. Link to buy ticket