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Helle Rydström

  • Positions: e.g. Associate Professor in Social Anthropology, Linköping University; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University; Assistant Professor in Thematic Research, Linköping University (position funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond; i.e. ‘forskningsmedel för extra insats i forskningsrekryterande syfte’).
  • Education: ‘Docent’ (2003) and Ph.D. (1999) Institute of Thematic Research (Social Anthropology/Child Studies), Linköping University; MA (1991) International Development Studies, Roskilde University; BA (1987) Political Science, Roskilde University.
  • Visiting/Affiliated Scholar: e.g. The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, New York University; Department of Social Anthropology, Max Planck Institute, Halle/Leipzig; Asian-American Studies Department, UCLA; Institute of Family and Gender Studies, Vietnam; Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences; York Center for Asian Research; Department of Anthropology, Hanoi University; Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS).


The Anthropology of Gender in Asia with a special focus on Vietnam. Long-term anthropological fieldwork conducted in Vietnam, but even in Nepal and India, to study the phenomenology of experiences, politics, and practices in times of postcolonialism, colonialism, war, peace, transnationalism, disasters, and climate change.

  • Gendered Violences, Crises Modalities, Precariousness, Agency.
  • Masculinities, Kinship Hierarchies, Privileges, Power, Movements.
  • Episte-Ontologies, Bodies, Sexualities, Socialization, Emotions, Moralities.
  • Lifeworld-System Reciprocities, Inequalities, Anthropocene, Sustainable Change.

Current Research Projects

  • PI of research project on Climate Disasters and Gendered Violences in Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam (with C. Kinnvall and H. Nguyen).
    • Funder: Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).
  • PI of research project on Precariousness at Work: Women Employees in Nordic Companies Outsourced to China, India, and Vietnam (with C. Kinnvall, L. Eklund, and M. Tonini).
    • Funder: Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). 
  • Coordinator of CRISIS Theme, Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies (including 10 colleagues).

Administrative Tasks

  • Vice Chair, Tenure & Promotion Committee (Lärarförslagsnämnden), Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Research Committee (Forskningsråd), Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Rights Hub, Raoul Wallenberg Institute.
  • Global Gender Matters, Department of Gender Studies.
  • Advisory Board, South Asian Studies Network (SASNET).
  • Organizing Committee, Nordic Southeast Asian Studies Network.


  • International Faculty Ph.D. Course; Philosophy of Science for the Social Sciences (SAVS001).
  • International Faculty MA Course; Gender, Development, and Postcolonialism (SIMS39).
  • International Faculty MA Course; Fieldwork (SIMS25).


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E-post: helle [dot] rydstrom [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se


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