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Jörgen Hellman


School of Global
+46 31-786 46 07
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Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Jörgen Hellman

  • Professor 2018
  • Associated Professor 2009
  • Ph.D Social Anthropology 1999

Areas of interest I have completed three research projects (Longser Antar Pulau: Indonesian Cultural Politics and the Revitalisation of Traditional Theatre, Ritual Fasting on Java, Indonesia: Politics of Control and Empowerment and Religious pilgrimages on West Java: balancing on the threshold between politics and the divine) in West Java (Indonesia). All three of them in different ways occupied with questions about power and relations of dominance where representatives of the state and individuals from civil society meet in public space.

Current research Coping with recurrent emergencies: The self-organization of civil society in Jakarta during flooding This is an interdisciplinary project conducted together with Dr. Marie Thynell, researcher in Peace and Development Studies. The project analyses ways in which civil society organises itself in times of hazards and how it interacts with city administration and NGO’s. In Jakarta flooding is a recurrent crisis which politicians as well as civil society and market forces have to deal with every year. This makes it a prime case study of global as well as local forces at play during times of crises and in urban risk management. The project studies how city government and citizens in flooded areas in Jakarta act to encounter risks induced by recurrent floods. What strategies and actions do they formulate to confront these challenges?

Teaching and tutoring Teach and tutor in Global Studies and Social Anthropology on Bachelor, Advanced and Ph.D level. 

Field experience Accumulated 28 month of fieldwork in West Java (April 2012). I have conducted three separate although interrelated fieldwork periods in the same region of West Java. During these fieldworks, which have been conducted both in the urban context of Bandung and the rural area in the mountain region outside the town, a wide network of informants has been established that traverse class, gender and age distinctions.