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Information about the spring term 2021

There is continuing great uncertainty concerning the development of Covid-19 in Sweden and Europe. For that reason, it is very difficult to plan for classroom teaching during the coming year. One thing that is certain is that it will be possible to participate in all class meetings via Zoom during the whole spring semester. More detailed information about the specific courses will be made available via the learning platform Athena well in advance of the course start. If conditions change based on new recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency or the Vice-Chancellor at Stockholm University, we may have to make further changes. These will be announced via the course pages on Athena and on the department's website.


New book (in Swedish) about Megaprojects

In YMER 2021, megaprojects are explored in different parts of the world. The authors are cultural and social anthropologists, cultural geographers and political scientists who, from their respective perspectives, show that megaprojects are characterized by politics and that power relations are central to their design, creation and social effects.

Hege Hoyer Leivestad

After Suez: Have the containerships grown too big?

During six days in March 2021, “Ever Given”, an ultra-large containership run by a Taiwanese shipping company and flagged in Panama, was stuck in the Suez Canal. Hege Høyer Leivestad explains why containerships have become too big and the consequences of this exceptional growth for infrastructure, the environment and people’s working conditions.

Erik Olsson

Re-made in Sweden: Success Stories in a Swedish Migration Context

New publication by Erik Olsson, Professor of International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Stockholm University

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Writing anthropology by Helena Wulff

"As a discipline, anthropology builds on academic writing. Yet a focus on the craft of writing is relatively recent in the discipline’s history" Helena Wulff's latest publication Writing anthropology discusses how anthropological writing styles have evolved over time and now include writing in a literary mode and in different genres ranging from creative nonfiction to memoirs, journalism and travel writing. Writing in such non-academic genres can be a way to make anthropological approaches and findings more widely known, and can inspire academic writing to become more accessible.

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Ivana Macek about perpetrators of Genocide

Ivana Macek was one of the panellists during the book launch of Erin Jessee and Kjell Anderson’s edited volume “Researching Perpetrators of Genocide” where she contributes with a chapter.


New Anthropological Perspectives on the Global Shipping Industry

Container economies: Logistics and labor along the maritime supply chain, published open access in the journal Focaal places the maritime shipping industry at the centre of global capitalism.

Conspiracy Theories and the Nordic Countries

Conspiracy Theories and the Nordic Countries

Annika Rabo is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, and is one of the authors of the newly published book Conspiracy Theories and the Nordic Countries. 


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PhD students in the fall of 2022

The Department of Social Anthropology will not be accepting applications for the PhD program during the spring 2021.

Photo: Ingmarie Andersson

Who believes in conspiracy theories and why?

Anthropologist Annika Rabo from Stockholm University is being interviewed in the podcast “Expert guide to conspiracy theories” by The Conversation.

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Information for students and staff about the coronavirus

Information on the coronavirus in relation to Stockholm University's activities is updated continuously.

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