Helena Wulff

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Helena Wulff (born February 7, 1954) is Professor of social anthropology at Stockholm University. Her research is in the anthropology of communication and aesthetics based on a wide range of studies on the social worlds of literary production, dance, and the visual arts.

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While her early research was on youth culture and ethnicity, Helena Wulff´s specialist skills now include expressive cultural form (dance, art, images, text) in a transnational perspective, visual culture, the emotions, and media, as well as anthropological methods. She has conducted field studies in Stockholm, London, New York City, Frankfurt-am-Main, and Ireland (mostly Dublin). Her current research is on writing and literature as cultural process and form focusing on contemporary Irish writers and their work. Drawing on her research, she teaches courses on Media anthropology, Visual Culture, Studies in Cultural Form, Communication and Aesthetics, Anthropological Writing Genres, and Anthropological Methods.

Helena Wulff has held visiting professorships at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, National University of Singapore, University of Vienna, and University of Ulster, as well as a Leverhulme visiting professorship at University of East London. She was Editor-in-Chief (with Dorle Dracklé) of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, the journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), and Vice President of EASA. She was Chair of the Anthropological Association of Sweden (SANT). Helena Wulff is a member of the board of the multidisciplinary research programme Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics in World Literatures, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2016-2021.

She is editor (with Deborah Reed-Danahay) of the book series “Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology” (Palgrave, New York), and editor (with Jonathan Skinner) of the book series “Dance and Performance Studies” with Berghahn Books, Oxford, and a member of the advisory boards of the journals Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Sociology, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, Culture Unbound, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, and Slovenský Národopis/Slovak Ethnology.

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