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Jelena Johanna Salmi

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Research interests

Jelena Salmi is an anthropologist focused on urban development and environmental degradation in contemporary India. She earned her Ph.D. in ethnology and anthropology from the University of Jyväskylä in 2019. In her Ph.D. work, she explored relations between the state and resettled slum-dwellers in the context of large-scale urban development projects in Ahmedabad.

Salmi currently works as a postdoctoral researcher in the research project Sustainable Livelihoods and Politics at the Margins: Environmental Displacement in South Asia funded by the Academy of Finland. Her research explores the climate change-human mobility nexus with an ethnographic focus on Koli fishing communities living in Madh Island in northern Mumbai. She analyzes how Koli fishers perceive environmental changes and how they devise strategies of adaptation and alternative livelihoods in a situation where fish stocks have depleted considerably and plastic waste pervades the ocean. She is conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Mumbai until May 2020.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2018 2019

  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Differentiated citizenship, displacement, and materiality in state–citizen relations in Ahmedabad

Salmi, J. J., May 2019, Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän yliopisto. 237 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisMonograph

Open Access

From Third-Class to World-Class Citizens: Claiming Belonging, Countering Betrayal in the Margins of Ahmedabad

Salmi, J. J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : City & Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Wohnen im Umsiedlungsprojekt: Über das ›richtige Zuhause‹, materielle Politik und Zugehörigkeit in Ahmedabad

Salmi, J. J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Das Neue Zuhause: Haushalt und Alltag nach der Migration. Hahn, H. E. & Neumann, F. (eds.). Campus Verlag

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Sense and Sensibility – Ethnology of Affect: 10th Ethnology Days in Pori, Finland, 15–16 March 2018

Kajander, K. & Salmi, J. J., 2018, In : Ethnologia Fennica. 45, p. 139-142 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientific

Open Access

Activities 2016 2019

  • 9 Oral presentation
  • 3 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 3 Invited talk

Arborescent Community: Displaced Sindhis’ Politics of Emplacement

Jelena Johanna Salmi (Speaker)
17 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Panel discussion: Democracy at 70

Jelena Johanna Salmi (Speaker), Ravinder Kaur (Speaker), Guro Warhuus Samuelsen (Speaker), Patrik Oskarsson (Speaker), Kenneth Bo Nielsen (Speaker)
27 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk