dr. Eveline Buchheim
Having studied Dutch as well as Cultural Anthropology, my research interest lies at the intersection of language and human interaction. This explains my preference for using sources such as letters, diaries, photographs and interviews. Themes in my research include gender, (post)colonialism, war, memory studies and psychiatry. I am 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'). I am also a researcher for ‘Inrichtingen onder druk’ ('Institutions under Pressure'), where we 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 I am working on the expansion of our research network to include researchers from Japan, China and Korea. We do this by organising joint seminars and summer schools, mostly on the themes of heritage and memories of the Second World War. I am 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. I have been a member of the editorial board of the Yearbook of Women's History since 2009.