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Oscar Hemer

Professor of Journalistic and Literary Crearion. Dr. Philos. in Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo (2011) on the dissertation "Fiction and Truth in Transition : Writing the present past in South Africa and Argentina" (Lit Verlag, 2012). Writer of several novels and with a twenty year experience as an arts journalist and editor. He was the initiator of the one-year Master program "Communication for Development" and its coordinator from the inception in 2000 to 2014. His latest own works are the novel Misiones (2014), which finalizes his Argentina Trilogy (Cosmos Aska, 2000; Santiago 2007), and the the experimental literary anthropology monograph Contaminations & Ethnographic Fictions: Southern Crossings (Palgrave Macmillan 2020). The latter is the result of a largely self-financed research project on racialisation and creolisation in South Africa, which he started as a visiting research fellow at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in 2015. In parallel with his own research, Hemer has lately been the coordinator of the research network Conviviality at the Crossroads, a collaboration between Malmö University and Bard College Berlin. The network has produced an open source anthology by the same title (Palgrave Macmillan 2020), co-edited with his MAU colleagues Maja Povrzanovic Frykman and Per-Markku Ristilammi. The network is now part of the research platform Rethinking Democracy (REDEM), for which Hemer is one of the coordinators. He is also a literary translator (from Spanish) and co-editor, with Lasse Söderberg, of the collected works in Swedish of Jorge Luis Borges (three volumes, 2017, 2019 and 2020).

Research platforms

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Contact details
Visiting address: Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Niagara, Plan 4, Hus C
Postal address:Malmö universitet, 205 06 Malmö
Delivery address:71

Profressor, Journalistic and Literary Creation
Literary writer
  • Publications

  • Selected publications from Malmö University Electronic Publishing.

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
    Hemer, Oscar (2017) "Till kontaminationens lov / Bengaluru Boogie" Kulturella perspektiv;2/2017, 11-27, Föreningen Kulturella Perspektiv, ISSN 1102-7908, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Hemer, Oscar, Tufte, Thomas (2012) "ComDev in the mediatized world" Nordicom review;Special issue, 229-238, Göteborgs Universitet, ISSN 1403-1108, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Scientific Journal Articles
    Hemer, Oscar (2012) "Sanningen mot strömmen" Praktik & Teori;1, 39-49, Malmö Högskola, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Hemer, Oscar (2012) "Antropologen som författare" Norsk antropologisk tidsskrift;01, 111-113, Universitetsforlaget, ISSN 0802-7285, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Malmö University (2015) "Glocal Times Index 2005-2015" Glocal Times;22/23, 1-7, Malmö university, Communication for Development, ISSN 1654-7985, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Hemer, Oscar (2020) Contaminations and Ethnographic Fictions : Southern Crossings. Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-3-030-34924-0, 978-3-030-34925-7, DOI [länk],

    | Hemer, Oscar, Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja, Ristilammi, Per-Markku (red./ed.) (2019) "Conviviality at the Crossroads : The poetics and politics of everyday encounters" , Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-3-030-28979-9, 978-3-030-28978-2, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    | Hemer, Oscar, Persson, Hans-Åke (red./ed.) (2017) "In the Aftermath of Gezi : From social movement to social change?" , Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-3-319-51852-7, 978-3-319-51853-4, DOI [länk], URL [länk],

    Borges, Jorge Luis | Söderberg, Lasse, Hemer, Oscar (red./ed.) (2017) "Borges I" , Tranan, ISBN 978-91-88253-17-0, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    | Tufte, Thomas, Hemer, Oscar (red./ed.) (2016) "Voice & Matter : Communication, Development and the Cultural Return" , Nordicom, ISBN 978-91-87957-31-4, 978-91-87957-32-1, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Hemer, Oscar, Hög Hansen, Anders, Tufte, Thomas (red./ed.) | (2015) Memory on Trial : Media, Citizenship and Social Justice. Lit Verlag, 232, ISBN 978-3-643-90531-4, URL [länk],

    Hemer, Oscar (2014) Argentinatrilogin. Vulkan, 567, ISBN 978-91-637-6845-3,

    Hemer, Oscar (2014) Misiones. Vulkan, 288, ISBN 9789163767159,

    Hemer, Oscar (2012) Fiction and truth in transition : writing the present past in South Africa and Argentina. Lit Verlag, 517, ISBN 978-3-643-80122-7, URL [länk],

    Hemer, Oscar (2011) Writing Transition : Fiction and Truth in South Africa and Argentina. Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, ISSN 1504-3991, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Hemer, Oscar, Forsare, Malena (red./ed.) | (2010) Kulturjournalistikens gränser. H:ström Text & Kultur, Umeå, 107 s, ISBN 9789173271356, ISSN 1653-9575,

    Hemer, Oscar, Tufte, Thomas (red./ed.) | Hemer, Oscar (2005) Media and Glocal Change. Rethinking Communication for Development. Clacso Books / NORDICOM, 493, ISSN 987-1183-26-7,

    Hemer, Oscar (2003) Äventyraren vid världens ände. Atlantis, Stockholm, ISSN 91-7486-727-X,

    Chapters in Monographs
    Hemer, Oscar | Hemer, Oscar, Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja, Ristilammi, Per-Markku (red./ed.) (2020) Impurity and Danger : Excerpt from Cape Calypso. Conviviality at the Crossroads : The poetics and politics of everyday encounters, Palgrave Macmillan, 247-265, ISBN 978-3-030-28978-2, 978-3-030-28979-9, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Hemer, Oscar | Slaughter, Joseph, Bystrom, Kerry (red./ed.) (2017) Islands in Distress : Making Sense of the Malvinas/Falklands War. The Global South Atlantic, Fordham University Press, 144-164, ISBN 9780823277872, URL [länk],

    Hemer, Oscar | Wildermuth, Norbert, Ngomba, Teke (red./ed.) (2016) Writing and Methodology : Literary Texts as Ethnographic Datra and Creative Writing as a Means oif Investigation. Methodological Reflections on Rersearching Communication and Social Change, Palgrave Macmillan, 161-182, ISBN 978-3-319-40465-3, 978-3-319-40466-0, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Wulff, Helena (red./ed.) | Hemer, Oscar (2016) The Writer as Anthropologist. Berghahn, 172-187, ISBN 978-1-78533-018-6, 978-1-78533-019-3, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Bird, S. Elisabeth, Ottanelli, Fraser (red./ed.) | Hemer, Oscar (2015) Memories of Violence : Literature and transitional justice in Argentina. Intersentia, 181-196, ISBN 978-1-78068-262-4, URL [länk],

    Høg Hansen, Anders, Hemer, Oscasr, Tufte, Thomas (red./ed.) | Høg Hansen, Anders, Hemer, Oscar, Tufte, Thomas (2014) Memory on trial : media, citizenship and social justice. Lit Verlag, 3-13, ISBN 978-3-643-90531-4, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Askanius, Tina, Stubbe Östergaard, Liv (red./ed.) | Hemer, Oscar (2014) Round-table Discussion Led by Thomas Hylland Eriksen : The Flattening of the Public Sphere and the Loss of Respect for Knowledge. Palgrave Macmillan, 154-166, ISBN 9781137398741, URL [länk],

    Askanius, Tina, Stubbe Östergaard, Liv (red./ed.) | Hemer, Oscar, Tufte, Thomas (2014) Afterword : Addressing the Challenge of The Present Continuous. Palgrave Macmillan, 225-231, ISBN 9781137398741, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Lind, Torbjörn (red./ed.) | Hemer, Oscar (2010) Författaren som forskare - tautologi eller självmotsägelse?. Vetenskapsrådet, s 101-108, ISSN 1652-8395, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Lindbladh, Johanna (red./ed.) | Hemer, Oscar (2008) Memories of a Modernity-to-be. Some reflections on South Africa`s unresolved dilemma. Lund University, ISSN 1654-2185, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Artistic Research and Artistic Works
    Hemer, Oscar, Winkelhorn, Kathrine, Elam, Ingrid, Teer-Tomaselli, Ruth, Rorvik, Peter (2007) "Houses of Memory" Catalogue for Houses of Memory exhibition at Malmö Museum, as part of the Memories of Modernity project, Malmö University,
  • Other tasks and merits

  • Co-Director, Örecomm Centre for Communication and Glocal Change, 2008-2016

    Editor-in-chief, Glocal Times, 2005-2015

    Reseach fellow at Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study (STIAS), February - April 2015

    Coordinator of the research network Conviviality at the Crossroads

    Co-editor and translator (with Lasse Söderberg) of the collected works of Jorge Luis Borges in Swedish. The first volume (of three) was published in 2017

    Co-coordinator of collaborative research in the South Africa Sweden University Forum (SASUF), 2018-2020

    Consultant to Portuguese research project Decoding Masculinities (DeCodeM), University of Coimbra, 2018-2021

    Co-coordinator of the research platform REDEM, 2019-20

    Programme co-coordinator of Communication for Development, 2020-

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