EventOpening Ceremony of the Research Training Group “Ambivalent Enmity”

The Research Training Group (RTG) “Ambivalent Enmity” will celebrate its opening ceremony on November 30, 2023, at 5 PM in the Alte Aula of Heidelberg University. The keynote will be delivered by Derek J. Penslar (Harvard University) with the title "Between Amity and Enmity: Jewish and Arab Mutual Perceptions in the 20th Century."

Poster Opening Ceremony

Derek J. Penslar is William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History at Harvard University. He is known for his comparative and transnational approaches, and is currently working on a book on the worldwide reactions to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The jazz pianist Dan Popek will provide the musical programme. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Bel Etage.

For attendance registration is mandatory by November 26.

The Research Training Group – a cooperation between Heidelberg University and the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg funded by the DFG – investigates the ambivalence of enmity relations. We analyze enmity as an essentially relational phenomenon shaped by transculturation and interdependence. Twelve international doctoral students and two postdocs have embarked on case studies of ambivalent enmity in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East from the Middle Ages to the present.