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. I have recently begun exploring auto ethnography while writing drafts for a book tentatively called Cancer then, Cancer now.

Primary fields of research

My primay interest is exploring creative writing as a path to analytical insights. I am in the final stage of completing Painting stories, a book based upon my work amongst Indian crafts producers over a period of 30 years. I have recently begun writing about experiences with cancer. In relation to teaching I am currently developing 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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