Call for Papers

ETHNOGRAPHIES OF MEGAPROJECTS: SOCIAL AND POLITICAL WORLDS OF LARGE-SCALE INFRASTRUCTURES

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.

Deadline 15 February 2019.

Fore more information go to the Call for Papers page.