Dr. Lisa Hellman

Researcher and Coordinator of Research Group "Coerced Circulation of Knowledge"

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Adenauerallee 18–24
D-53113 Bonn

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Academic Profile

I work in the intersection between social, cultural, maritime and global history, with a special interest in gender. In the last years, my research has led me to pay increased attention to diplomatic history and the history of science.

My first project focused on everyday life of Europeans in the ports of Canton and Macau. In my second project, I compared their experiences with those in other Asian ports, primarily Nagasaki. In my current project, I follow 18th century prisoners of war in Siberia and North Asia.

Consequently, my research spans from the 17th to the early 19th century, with a regional focus on early modern Central and East Asia. The core question driving me, is how intercultural interaction changed the lives of the men and women involved.

Ph.D. Studies, Department of History, Stockholm University, Sweden

SUPRA Fellow, Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark

Guest Ph.D., University of Tokyo, Japan

Guest Ph.D., Merton Collge, Oxford University, UK

Guest Ph.D., Macao University, China

History studies, Kyoto University, Japan

B.A. and M.A. studies in History and Japanese, Uppsala University, Stockholm University, Sweden, and Nihon University, Japan

since 2020
Researcher and Coordinator of Research Group "Coerced Circulation of Knowledge", Research Area D, BCDSS, University of Bonn, Germany

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of History, Uppsala University, Sweden, and School of Global Intellectual History, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Fellow, Swedish Research Institute, Istanbul, Turkey

Guest fellow, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Germany (interrupted by research stays and parental leave)

JSPS postdoctoral scholar, Interdisciplinary Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo, Japan

Frank Broeze Prize in Maritime History

Award for best thesis in the humanities from the International Convention of Asian Scholars

The Grand Research Award from the Swedish Institute in Istanbul

International Maritime History Association's postgraduate award

Award from The Delegation for Military History Research Aufklapp-Text

2019                             British Academy-funding for the research project "Living on the Edge: Experiences and Responses to Europe's Changing Borderlands" (€ 57,000), co-investigator
2016                             Swedish Science Council international postdoctoral research grant (€ 306,000)
2016                             Network funding from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (in sum € 26,000)
2014                             The Foundation for Studies on Japanese Society, Olle Engkvist Byggmästares Foundation, Gull and Stellan Ljungbergs Foundation, Gertrude and Ivar Philipsons
                                      Foundation (in sum € 16,000)
2011                             The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) (€ 11,000)

  • 2019. När tilliten inte är ett val: Kinesisk-ryska relationer i slutet av 1600-talet. [When Trust Is No matter of Choice: Chinese-Russian Relations in the Late 17th Century]. In Tillit och diplomati. Personliga relationer och diplomatiska processer ca 1500–2000. [Trust and Diplomacy: Personal Relations and Diplomatic Processes c. 1500–2000], edited by S. Erlandsson, S. Nauman. (=Opuscula Historica Upsaliensia). Uppsala.
  • 2018. This House Is Not a Home: European Everyday Life in Canton and Macao 1730–1830. (=Studies in Global Social History 34). Leiden.
  • 2018. The Life and Loves of Michael Grubb: A Swedish Trader in 18th-century Canton and Macao. In The Private Side of the Canton Trade 1700–1842, edited by P. van Dyke, S. Schopp, 115-131. Hong Kong.
  • 2018. Men You Can Trust? Intercultural Trust and Masculinity in the Eyes of Swedes in Eighteenth-century Canton. In Facing Otherness in Early Modern Sweden: Travel, Migration and Material Transformations, 1500–1800, edited by M. Naum, 289-306. Ekengren Suffolk.
  • Utblick: Japan. [Outlook: Japan]. In Historisk tidskrift [Swedish Journal of History] 137/1 (2017), 86–96.
  • 2014. Using China at Home: Knowledge Production and Gender in the Swedish East India Company, 1730–1800. In Itinerario 38/1, 35–55.
  • 2014. Espaces d'intersection: Les relations sociales des employés de la Compagnie Suédoise des Indes Orientales à Canton au XVIIIe siècle. [Space for Intersections: Social Relations in of the Employees of the Swedish East India Company in 18th Century Canton]. In L'Asie, la mer, le monde: le temps des compagnies des Indes. [Asia, the Sea, the World: The Era of East India Companies], edited by G. Le Bouedëc. Rennes.
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