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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. Coordinator of the one-year Master program "Communication for Development" since its inception in 2000. Among his latest work are the novel Misiones (2014), which finalizes his Argentina Trilogy (Cosmos Aska, 2000; Santiago 2007), and the anthology Memory on Trial (2015), which he co-edited with Anders Hög Hansen and Thomas Tufte. He was a visiting research fellow at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in 2015, where he started his latest, largely self-financed research project on racialisation and creolisation in South Africa. That projhect has resulted in the forthcoming monograph Cape Calypso : contaminations, ethnographic fictions & what-what (Palgrave Macmillan). In parallel with his own research, he 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 a forthcoming anthology by the same title (also Palgrave Macmillan), co-edited with his MAU colleagues Maja Povrzanovic Frykman and Per-Markku Ristilammi.

Research platforms

Rethinking Democracy pil show

Faculties and departments

Faculty of Culture and Society pil show
School of Arts and Communication pil show

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, 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)

    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
    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],

    Hemer, Oscar, Hög Hansen, Anders, Tufte, Thomas (red./ed.) | Hemer, Oscar (2015) Bengaluru Boogie : Outlines for an Ethnographic Fiction. Lit Verlag, 127-144, ISBN 978-3-643-90531-4, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    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

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