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Dr. Eveline Buchheim


Eveline Buchheim is a senior researcher at the Research department at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Having studied Dutch as well as Cultural Anthropology, her research interest lies at the intersection of language and human interaction. This explains her preference for using sources such as letters, diaries, photographs and interviews. Themes in her research include gender, (post)colonialism, war, memory studies and psychiatry. She is the coordinator of ‘Getuigen & Tijdgenoten’ (‘Witnesses & Contemporaries’), part of the research programme 'Onafhankelijkheid, dekolonisatie, geweld en oorlog in Indonesië 1945-1950' ('Independence, Decolonisation, Violence and War in Indonesia 1945-1950'). Buchheim is also a researcher for ‘Inrichtingen onder druk’ ('Institutions under Pressure'), where they analyse the consequences of the German occupation for patients in psychiatric institutions and institutions for the mentally challenged.

In addition to ‘Getuigen & Tijdgenoten’ and ‘Inrichtingen onder druk’, together with colleagues she is working on the expansion of the research network to include researchers from Japan, China and Korea. They do this by organising joint seminars and summer schools, mostly on the themes of heritage and memories of the Second World War. She is also working on a book about connections between Dutch women and Japanese men on Java during the Japanese occupation. These connections were more complex and layered than previously assumed. They also provide an insight into how alliances, ideas and ideologies of the colonial elite and the Japanese occupier coincided or diverged. The focus of this book is the relationship between Belgian-Dutchwoman Marie-Thérèse Brandenburg van Oltsende and Japanese civilian officer Minoru Sakata. She has been a member of the editorial board of the Yearbook of Women's History since 2009.

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