Aftermath postdoctoral researcher, Dr Barend Noordam, has been awarded a five year postdoctoral research fellowship with the interdisciplinary Research Training Group, “Ambivalent Enmity: Dynamics of Antagonism in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.”
Ambivalent Enmity is a postgraduate research and training program at Heidelberg University and the Heidelberg University of Jewish Studies. It is financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The project aims to reveal the ambivalences of enmity and develop adequate tools to analyze their construction, representation, enactment, and experience. The goal is to contribute to a theory-guided understanding of the dynamics of antagonism. Researchers conduct empirical case studies situated in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East from the Middle Ages to the present.
For Ambivalent Emnity, Barend will extend his Imjin War research into the Ming Chinese production of knowledge about Japan in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. He will continue as a collaborator on the Aftermath project.