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Helle Bundgaard

Helle Bundgaard

Associate Professor, Associate professor

Primary fields of research

My most recent interest is experimenting with writing ethnography in the form of creative nonfiction. I am currently writing a collection of short stories based on my work with craft producers in Orissa, India over a period of almost 30 years. I continue my research and teaching activities related to ethnographic fieldwork. This interest springs from my engagement with educational matters stimulated by my year long experience as Head of Studies at the Department of Anthropology. Educational matters, however, is a theme which cut across my previous fields of interest. One of these is institutional upbringing. The other is related to perceptions of quality and skill in craft making in India.

Affiliation to research groups: The Anthropology of Denmark


Creative nonfiction; Ethnographic writing; Interdisciplinary Field Research; Qualititive methods; The anthropology of education; Higher education; Childhood matters.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    From rite of passage to a mentored educational activity: Fieldwork for master’s students of anthropology

    Bundgaard, H. & Rubow, C. 2016 In : Learning and Teaching. 9, 3, p. 22-41

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Accepted/In press

    Exploring the Interface between the State and the Family: Kinning in Danish Childcare Institutions

    Bundgaard, H. & Olwig, K. F. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Reconnecting (Modern) Statehood and Kinship: Temporalities, Scales, Classifications. Alber, E. & Thelen, T. (eds.). Penn University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  3. Published

    Diskursiv lukning: Etiske dilemmaer i dansk minoritetsforskning

    Bundgaard, H. 2009 Mellem mennesker: En grundbog i antropologisk forskningsetik. Hastrup, K. (ed.). København: Hans Reitzels Forlag, p. 193-206 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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