AO: Green writes that “the ‘natures’ that are in play are not based on someone’s cultural (or ‘stakeholder’) identity, but on their actual interactions with sea and fish. ‘An object does not stand by itself,’ write Marianne Lien and John Law, ‘but emerges in the relations of practice’. The shorthand term for this insight is that of a ‘relational ontology’.” (6)
AO: The difficulty of rendering everything into words and things.
AO: Osseo-Asare notes the difficulty of limiting science/knowledge within the scale of a nation-state: “When environments and ethnic groups overlap, and plants and people move over time, who is to say that Country X somehow owns Plant Y? Policy shifts at the international level also raise questions about the extent to which national scientists will need to acknowledge local claims to plant data within African countries in their quest for patents” (201)
AO: the way that hoodia plants grew slowly in the ground, spread their seeds widely, evolved in patchy spatial distributions and interacted with the human body (all shaped the very relations of law, science and market that tried to contain them).
AO: Not discussed in depth.
AO: intentional breaking and rewiring of technology (for illicit purposes).
AO: Coban critiques narratives about “heat, dust, extreme environments” as undergirding S&T development in Africa.
gutted state institutions of care, research and higher education, and abandonment of the collectives and futures towards which care, expertise and knowledge had been oriented (352)
AO: notes the importance of flooding in thinking about malaria disease.
facility repairs, equipment main- tenance and calibration, off-campus Internet access and personal memberships, also influence data engagement activities (41); severe time pressures (42); cost of wi-fi at home; internet access, esp. pay as you go (42); money to pay access fees for papers.
the arrival of the gun, use of poison, tsetse plague and other diseases.