Helle Bundgaard

Helle Bundgaard

Associate Professor

After years of working with educational issues related to firstly ethnic minority children and later university students, I returned to my previous engagement with traditional producers of craft in India in order to collaborate with painters on writing their stories.

Primary fields of research

My primay interest is exploring creative writing as a path to analytical insights. My forthcoming book Painting stories: Lives and Legacies from an Indian Crafts Village is based on my work with Indian crafts producers over a period of 30 years. I have recently started writing Kreativ etnografisk tekst in collaboration with Anne Line Dalsgård. In relation to teaching I am currently developing a course Etnografisk tekst as well as a series of writing workshops to be integrated as part of our educational programmes. 

Affiliation to research groups: Health and Life Conditions.


Creative Ethnographic Writing; Interdisciplinary Field Research; Qualititive methods.



The Society for Humanistic Anthropology Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writing Award


Selected publications

  1. Published

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Producing "Good" Families and Citizens in Danish Child Care Institutions

    Bundgaard, Helle & Olwig, Karen Fog, 2018, Reconnecting State and Kinship. Thelen, T. & Alber, E. (eds.). University of Pennsylvania Press, p. 200-219

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Diskursiv lukning: Etiske dilemmaer i dansk minoritetsforskning

    Bundgaard, Helle, 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 chapterResearch

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