Helle Rydström is Professor in Gender Studies at the Department of Gender Studies, Lund University. She has previously held positions, for instance, in Social Anthropology (‘lektorat’) at Linköping University; in East and Southeast Asian Studies (Research Fellow) at Lund University; and in Child Studies (‘lektorat’) at Linköping University, all in Sweden.
Rydström holds a Ph.D. (1999) from the Institute of Thematic Research (Social Anthropology/Child Studies), Linköping University; a MA (1991) in International Development Studies/Development Anthropology from Roskilde University, Denmark; and a BA (1987) in Political Science also from Roskilde University. In 2003, she was promoted to Associate Professor (‘Docent’) at the Institute of Thematic Research.
Her collaboration with institutes, colleagues, and organizations from various parts of the world is extensive. She has, for example, been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the New York University, USA; the Institute for Asian Research at York University, Canada; and at the Department of Social Anthropology, the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany. She has been affiliated with various Vietnamese institutes (e.g. Family and Gender Studies, Hanoi; Sociology, Hanoi; and National Institute of Educational Sciences).
Together with Prof. A. Datta, Rydström is the coordinator of an exchange program between the Gender Studies Department and the Department of Geography at Delhi University, India: Linnaeus-Palme Exchange Program on Gender and Space. With colleagues, Rydström is one of the founders of the Nordic Southeast Asian Studies Network: Nordic Southeast Asia Network. She is also committed to the Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET) of which she is a board member.
Global Gender Matters
Rydström is the organizer, together with Prof. D. Mulinari, of the Global Gender Matters Network, which provides a platform for frequent workshops, seminars, and conferences.
Rydström is specialized in the anthropology of gender in Asia. Her research focuses on the configurations of masculinities and femininities and the ways in which these inform gendered and aged powers and violences in the domestic sphere and in sites of conflict, war, and catastrophe. By exploring the crafting of corporeality and experiences of gendered and sexualized bodies, Rydström’s research highlights the socialization of hierarchies, privileges, emotions, and moralities and their perpetuation and transformation in particular socio-political landscapes. Over the years, she has conducted long-term and short-term anthropological fieldwork in rural and urban Vietnam but even in Nepal and India. Rydström is engaged in questions concerning gendered and aged rights, in(securities), crisis, and precariousness in a postcolonial world. See e.g. (in Swedish) Debattinlägg: "En uttalat feministisk utrikespolitik borde fokusera på kvinnor och flickor."
Currently Rydström is the research leader of a 5-year Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) funded project on ‘Climate Disasters and Gendered Violence in Asia: A Study on the Vulnerability and (In)Security of Women and Girls in the Aftermath of Recent Catastrophes in Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam’. The project is carried out together with Prof. C. Kinnvall and post-doctoral research fellow Dr. H. Nguyen.
Together with colleagues, Rydström is engaged in the initiative ‘Critical Explorations of Crisis’ which is funded by the Grace and Philip Sandblom Fond.
Over the years, Rydström has been the research leader of externally funded projects including a recently concluded study funded by the Swedish Research Council on the mis(recognition) of same-sex in India and Vietnam (included post-doctoral research fellow Dr. P. Horton and doctoral student M. Tonini). Rydström has been in charge of a project on the gendering of civil society and male-to-female violence in Vietnam in a project which was part of a larger project (lead: Prof. D. Mulinari) under the Swedish Research Council’s Civil Society program. She was the research leader of a project funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) and by the Swedish International Development Coorporation Agency on ‘Constructing Identities: Young People, War, Violences, and Sexualities in Vietnam’ thanks to which she has collected a large amount of data on violence.
For 8 years, Rydström was the Swedish coordinator of a cross-disciplinary research project on ‘Rural Families in Transitional Vietnam’. The project was part of a research capacity building program in Vietnam funded by the Swedish International Development Coorporation Agency and about 25 scholars from the Institutes of Sociology; Family and Gender Studies; and Anthropology (all in Hanoi, Vietnam) were involved in the project. Data were collected in 1200 households in the north, center, and south of Vietnam to study gender, kin, ethnicity, violence, sexuality, economic conditions, education, and migration.
‘Masculinity, Femininity, and Violence between Partners in Vietnam: Gendered Assymetries and Privileges’ (2016). In Handbook of Vietnamese Studies. (Editor-in-chief J. London). London and New York: Routledge.
‘Vietnam Women’s Union and the Politics of Representation: A Narrative of Hegemonic Solidarity’, 209-235 (2016). In H. Danielsen et.al. (eds.). Gendered Citizenship and the Politics of Representation. ). Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave McMillan.
‘Politics of Colonial Violence: Gendered Atrocities in French Occupied Vietnam’, European Journal of Women’s Studies. vol. 22(2):191-207 (2015).
‘Nordic Gender Studies Conferences: Windows to a Global and Postcolonial World?’ NORA, vol. 22(2):147-154 (2014).
‘Gendered Corporeality and Bare Lives: Sacrifices and Sufferings during the Vietnam War’. Signs, vol. 37(2): 275-301 (2012).
Gendered Inequalities in Asia: Configuring, Contesting, and Recognizing Women and Men (2010). Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press/NIAS Press.
Embodying Morality: Growing Up in Northern Rural Vietnam (2003). Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
Chair of Tenure and Promotion Committee (‘Ordförande i Docenturnämnden’), Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University.
Member of the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Board (‘Forskningskommitén’), Lund University.
Research Responsible at the Department of Gender Studies, Lund University.
Member of the Ethical Review Committee in Lund (‘Regionala Etikprövningsnämnden i Lund’; Vetenskapsrådet).
Other services include referee for Swedish and international research councils; job search committees; Tenure and Promotion committees; educational programs; and international journals and presses as well as supervision and examination of M.A. and Ph.D. theses in Sweden and abroad (e.g. Ph.D. thesis examinations in Australia, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, and India).
International Ph.D. course: ‘Philosophy of the Social Sciences’.
International MA course: ‘Gender, Development, and Postcolonialism’.
International MA course: ‘Fieldwork’.
International MA course: ‘Introduction to Global Studies’.
Portray of Gender Scholars; Nationella Genussekretariatet.
Talk at workshop on ‘A North South Dialogue on Differentiated Citizenship’, organized by the Center for Women and Gender Research (SKOK) and held at the Center for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Lecture at the ‘Differentiated Citizenship: Governing Populations beyond Territorial State Borders’, Bergen Ph.D. Summer Research School, organized by the Center for Women and Gender Research (SKOK) and Bergen University, Norway.
Talk at the symposium on ‘Colonial and Postcolonial Terror in Vietnam’, organized by the Asian American Studies Center at the UCLA, USA.
Panel discussion on the film ‘It’s a Girl’, at Doc’ Lounge, Mejeriet, Lund
Talk on ‘Violence against Women and Children in South Asia’, SASNET, Lunds Konsthall.
(fetched from Lund University's publications database)
- 'Disaster, Violence, and Crisis: Gendered Social Injustices in The Philippines and Vietnam'
- 'Excacerbated Masculinity: Assymmetries and Violences in Vietnamese Society’
- 'The Violences of Family Happiness: Male-to-Female Abuse in Vietnam’
- Gender, Sex, and Gexel: An Interview with Jeff Hearn
- Gendered Insecurities: Violence against Women and Girls in Asia
- Introduction: Decolonizing Fieldwork by Transgressing Borders and Boundaries
- Keeping a Straight Face: LGBT and the Familial Politics of Pressure
- Keeping a Straight Face: Resisting Familial Politics of Pressure in Urban Vietnam
- Masculinity, Femininity, and Violence between Partners in Vietnam : Gendered Assymetries and Privileges
- Vietnam Women’s Union and the Politics of Representation: A Narrative of Hegemonic Solidarity
- Constructions of Differentiated Citizenship: Hegemonic Narratives and Sexuality in India and Vietnam
- Contesting heteronormativity: the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender recognition in India and Vietnam.
- Expert Assessment of MA Program on Gender and Development, University of Bergen, Norway
- Feministisk utrikespolitik, klimat och genus
- Gendered Ruination in the Philippines and Vietnam: Climate Change, (In)Security, and Violence in a Cross-Southeast Asian Perspective
- Genusvetenskapliga institutionen: Genus, utveckling och postkolonialism
- Klimat och genus: feministisk utrikespolitik?
- Masculinity and Heterosexuality in Vietnam
- Politics of Colonial Violence: Gendered Atrocities in French Occupied Vietnam
- Politics of Representation: Vietnam Women's Union, Hegemonic Solidarity, and a Heterosexual Family Regime
- Vietnam's Socialist Servants: Domesticity, Class, Gender, and Identity
- Vietnams Franske Forbindelse
- Violence and the Socialization of Masculinity in Vietnam
- 'Displaced' Female Citizens: Male-to-Female Violence, the Family, and Civil Society
- Citizenship Outside Europe
- Civil Society, The State, and Organization in Vietnam
- Civil Society, the State, and Gendered Organization in Vietnam
- Civil Society, the State, and the Women's Union in Vietnam
- Climate Disasters and Gendered Violence in Asia: A Study on the Vulnerability and Insecurity of Women and Girls in the Aftermath of Recent Catastrophes in Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam
- Discussing the 'Centering Southeast Asia from the Outside In'
- Gendered Insecurity: Violence in Time and Space
- Gendered Memories
- Jeopardizing the Security of Women and Children: Gendered Violence in Public and Private Spaces in India and Beyond
- Necropolitics and the Gender of Colonial Violences
- Nordic Gender Studies Conferences: Windows to a Global and Postcolonial World?
- Report to Högskolverket on Linnaeus-Palme Exchange Program on Gender and Space in a Global World, Delhi University and Lund University
- The Challenges of Representation: Vietnam Women's Union, Civil Society, and the Family
- Civil Society Responses to Violence in the Family
- Displaced’ Female Citizens: Male-to-Female Violence, the Family, and Civil Society
- Doc Lounge: It’s a Girl
- Gendered Developments: Imaginings, Politics, and Practices
- Gendered War and Spaces of Exception
- Jeopardizing the Welfare, Security, and Rights of Women and Children: Violence in India
- Maneuvering with Relative Autonomy: The Vietnam Women's Union
- Remembering Destruction: Gender Specific Atrocities and Sovereign Power in Colonial Vietnam
- Report for the Swedish Research Council: Preliminary Results for Research Project on Dreaming Change: Women and the Creation of Civil Societies in Europe, Asia, and Latin America
- The Politics of Violence: Gendered Destruction in Colonial Indochina
- Comparing Homosexuality in India and Vietnam
- Gender, Conflict, and Violence in Vietnam
- Gendered Corporeality and Bare Lives: Sacrifices and Sufferings during the Vietnam War
- Gendered Sacrifices and Sufferings: The Vietnam War/American War and its Aftermath
- Gendered and Sexualized Violence in Colonial Vietnam
- Kommentar till nationella genusforskningskonferensen, Göteborg 2012
- Taboos and Realities: Rape in Present-Day Vietnam
- Women’s Movement in Vietnam in War and Peace’
- Wrought Corporeality: Encountering French Colonial Violence in Vietnam
- "Var är maktanalysen, Mikael Nordenmark?"
- An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Social Science Research
- Completion Report: Rural Families in Transitional Vietnam
- Heterosexual Masculinity in Contemporary Vietnam: Privileges, Pleasures, and Protests
- Introduction: Studying Rural Families in Late-Doi Moi Vietnam
- Looking Back: Evaluation of Rural Families in Transitional Vietnam Project
- Taboos and Realities: Rapes in Present-day Vietnam
- Youth, Risk, and Sexuality in India and Vietnam
- Bringing Up Boys in Rural Vietnam: Punishment and the Production of Masculinity
- Facing the ‘Other’: Recognition and Inclusive Education in Vietnam
- From War to Reconciliation: Vulnerable Post-War Vietnam-USA Relations
- Moral og ‘Normalisering’: Funktionshindrede Elever i Vietnamesiske Skoler (Morality and ‘Normalization’: Disabled Students in Vietnamese Schools)
- Recognition, Disability, and Gender in Contemporary Vietnam
- Vietnams Urbane Unge—og ABBA
- Adolescents, Sexual Desires, and ‘Social Evils’ in Contemporary Vietnam
- Female and Male ‘Characters’: Images of Identification and Self-Identification for Rural Vietnamese Children and Adolescents
- Genus och funktionshinder i Vietnam. Interview
- LiU forskning om Vietnam. Interview
- Reconciliation with and Forgiveness of the USA: Rural Vietnamese Understandings of the American War
- Bridging Pedagogical Traditions: Learning in Vietnam and Sweden
- Incorporating the Logics of Violence and Power: Addressing Rural Vietnam through the Lenses of Foucault and Bourdieu
- Sexed Bodies/Gendered Bodies: Children and the Body in Vietnam
- The Production of Masculine Identities in Local Rural Vietnam
- Transgressing Boundaries: Violent Interaction between Boys/Male Adolescents and their Fathers/Grandfathers
- When the Rice Boils: Domestic Violence in Rural Vietnam
- Dealing with a Collective Past of Warfare Violence and Contemporary Bodily Changes: The Configurations of Identities in Rural Vietnamese Adolescents
- Incorporated Warfare Memories and Sexuality: Vietnamese Adolescents’ Construction of Identities
- Like a White Piece of Paper: Embodiment and the Moral Upbringing of Vietnamese Children
- Review of Liljeström, Lindskog Nguyen & Vuong, 1998, Profit and Poverty in Rural Vietnam
- When the Rice Boils’: Domestic Violence in Local Rural Vietnam
- A Swedish Save the Children Report on Rural Vietnamese Girls’ Gender Socialization
- Bao cao cua to chuc cuu tro tre em Thuy Dien ve xa hoi hoa ve gioi cua tre em gai nong thon Viet Nam. (A Swedish Save the Children Report on Rural Vietnamese Girls’ Gender Socialization)
- Body and Morality in Contemporary Vietnam