September 12-13, 2019, Stockholm University, Sweden

This symposium will bring together social scientists and humanist scholars to discuss large-scale infrastructure projects from an ethnographic perspective. In different regions of the world megaprojects such as roads, bridges, railways, airports, dams, ports, telecommunication as well as energy systems, special economic zones and urban redevelopments proliferate. Megaprojects are characterized by the involvement of multiple public and private stakeholders, by a range of professions and expertise, and by their significant social and environmental impact. Drawing on classic work on large-scale infrastructure projects and on the infrastructural turn in anthropology and related discipline this symposium puts the spotlight on the social and political world of megaprojects.

We would hereby like to invite contributions from researchers in the social sciences and the humanities working on large-scale infrastructure to explore the potentiality of critical and comparative ethnographies of ‘megaprojects’. Topics of interest include but are not limited to temporalities, experts, publics and methodology. Places for participants are limited and will be allocated by refereed selection. Applicants should send an abstract (max. 300 words) of their proposed paper with a short biography (max. 250 words). Please send these in a single PDF file by email to and by 15 February 2019.

Call for Papers _ Symposium _ Ethnographies of Megaprojects _ Stockholm 12-13 September 2019 (132 Kb)

Invited keynotes: Ashley Carse, Penny Harvey, Gustavo Lins Ribeiro and Gisa Weszkalnys.

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