Department of Anthropology
University of California, Irvine
October 2, 2018
To her committee members:
Dr. Kim Fortun (Chair)
Dr. Kris Peterson
Dr. George Marcus
Dr. Angela Jenks
Dr. Cecelia Lynch
This essay, submitted by University of California, Irvine Anthropology PhD student Angela Okune in partial fulfillment of her requirements for advancement to candidacy, is an annotated subset of a broader exhibit entitled "STS in 'Africa' in formation" created by Angela as part of the 4S 2018 STS Across Borders initiative.
This orals document queries key social studies of science and technology in/on Sub-Saharan Africa to understand how analysts have understood the construction of “Africa” as an object of study and the ethical responsibilities of doing research in/on the continent. This document includes discussions over the binary construction of “indigenous knowledge” versus "science" and how these debates feature in STS work. The document also investigates the data practices that STS scholars themselves use (and their articulations about these practices).
The full set of questions used to query the artifacts can be found here.