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Jörgen Hellman


Jörgen Hellman
+46 31 786 5436

Room number: C507
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314 Göteborg

School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 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.

Latest publications

Introductory Note by the Editors-in-Chief
S Hagberg, Jörgen Hellman
kritisk etnografi, Editorial letter 2020
Editorial letter

Pilgrimage and ancestors: the importance of return
Jörgen Hellman
The International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Pilgrimage and Historical Tourism on West Java: Learning about History
Jörgen Hellman
Religious Tourism in Asia: Tradition and Change through Case Studies and Narratives , CABI, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

How to Prove You are Not a Squatter: Appropriating Space and Marking Presence in Jakarta
Jörgen Hellman
Yves Cabannes, Mike Douglass, and Rita Padawangi (eds), Cities in Asia by and for the People., Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Claiming space in Jakarta: Megaprojects, city planning and incrementalism
Jörgen Hellman, R. Van Voorst
Jakarta : claiming spaces and rights in the city, Taylor and Francis, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Jakarta: a Conversation with Abidin Kusno
Jörgen Hellman, Marie Thynell, Roanne van Voorst, Andy Fuller
Jakarta: Claiming Spaces and Rights in the City, London and New York, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Shaping Jakarta
Jörgen Hellman, Marie Thynell, Roanne van Voorst
Hellman J., Thynell M., Van Voorst R. (eds) Jakarta: Claiming Spaces and Rights in the City, Cornwall: Great Britain, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

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The extremely normal: living with floods and coping with vulnerability in Jakarta
Jörgen Hellman
EuroSEAS konferens i Lissabon Juli 2013, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

Meeting with Ancestors—Contesting Borders in Indonesian Religion and Politics
Jörgen Hellman
Anthropological Forum: a journal of social anthropology and comparative sociology, Journal article 2013
Journal article


Förfädernas enträgna närvao: Pilgrimskap på västra Java
Jörgen Hellman
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Book 2011


Creating religious bodies: Fasting rituals in West Java
Jörgen Hellman
The body in Asia, ed. Bryan S. Turner & Zheng Yangwen, New York & Oxford, Berghahn Books, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book



Komedie Stamboel
Jörgen Hellman
Comparative Drama, Book review 2007
Book review



The Java that never was. Academic theories and political practices
Jörgen Hellman, Hans Antlöv
Berlin, LIT Verlag, Edited book 2005
Edited book

Entertainment and circumcisions: Sisingaan dancing in West Java
Jörgen Hellman
Anpere : Anthropological Perspectives on Religion, Journal article 2005
Journal article

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