Senior LecturerSchool of Global
About Bart Klem
My research is focused on question of political order amidst and after civil war. I am interested in state institutions, de facto sovereignty of rebel movements and public authority. Sri Lanka is my main country specialization, and I have an emerging interest in Indonesia (mainly Kalimantan). More details may also be found on my personal website.
Key themes include - Civil war and post-war transition - Rebel governance and de facto sovereignty - Legal identity and documents - Borders and frontiers - Mediation and peace interventions - Development processes and international aid.
Currently, my main research focus comprises a (Swedish Science Council-funded) project on legal identity under unrecognized states, with case studies North Cyprus and the Syrian Interim Government. I am working on this together with Marika Sosnowski. For details, please see the project page. See also, this blog.
I am currently busy finishing a research project on the role of the Sri Lanka's provincial councils in conflict and peace (funded by the Australian Research Council/DECRA) The main output of this project will be a book (manuscript under review with Cambridge UP: “Performing Sovereign Aspirations: Tamil insurgency and postwar transition in Sri Lanka”).
I am involved in several bachelor's and master's courses at the School of Global Studies. In terms of thesis supervision, I am interested in the following themes: conflict analysis, insurgencies, sovereignty, peace building, aid and conflict, nationalism, Sri Lanka.
Demos at war: Revisiting the democratic boundary problem with a performative
Social Sciences and Humanities Open - 2023
Sri Lanka in 2021 Vistas on the
Bart Klem, D. Samararatne
Asian Survey - 2022
Legal identity and rebel governance: A comparative perspective on lived consequence of contested
Bart Klem, Katharine Fortin, Marika Sosnowski
Statelessness, governance, and the problem of citizenship (edited by Tendayi Bloom and Lindsey N. Kingston) - 2021
Decay or Fresh Contact? The Morality of Mixture after War's
Decay (edited by Ghassan Hage) - 2021
'A Garuda in my Heart, a Tiger in my Stomach': Brokering an Informal Economic Border Enclave in the Borneo
Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology - 2021
Sri Lanka in 2019 The Return of the
Asian Survey - 2020
Marginal placeholders: peasants, paddy and ethnic space in Sri Lanka’s post-war
Bart Klem, Thiruni Kelegama
Journal of Peasant Studies - 2020