Event: "Making Scientific Capacity in Africa: An Interdisciplinary Conversation"

Cite as:

Chaudhury, Aadita. 2018. "EVENT: MAKING SCIENTIFIC CAPACITY IN AFRICA: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONVERSATION." In Events: STS in “Africa", created by Aadita Chaudhury. In STS in “Africa” in Formation, created by Angela Okune and Aadita Chaudhury. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.


This two-day workshop held 13 - 14 June 2014 at the CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN THE ARTS, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES (CRASSH) in Cambridge, UK brought together leading actors of major capacity-building programmes with social scholars of science, technology and medicine in Africa. This conversation between the sciences, social sciences and humanities sought to enable critical examination of "capacity", and also invited the elaboration of new ways of sharing concerns, knowledge and analytical tools across disciplinary and institutional groups.

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Key Questions:

  1. What is capacity; does it reside in minds, objects, networks; how is it tied to geographical place; how does it move and get moved; for what practical and moral ends; towards which un/intended long and short-term effects; what pasts does it remember and what futures does it anticipate?
  2. What can we learn from past experiences of capacity building and transfer, from the mid-20th century to the present? What did these initiatives leave behind in people, structures and material remains?
  3. How can the topic of capacity as a joint endeavour promote new forms of exchange between science, social science and the humanities, enabling the collaborative shaping of capacity-building programmes from planning through to evaluation? 


The Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), the Cambridge Infectious Disease Initiative, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Wellcome Trust


Paul Wenzel Geissler (University of Oslo)

Henrietta Moore (University of Cambridge)

Branwyn Poleykett (University of Cambridge)

Ruth Jane Prince (University of Cambridge)

Noemi Tousignant (University of Cambridge)