EVENTS: STS in "Africa"

Cite as:

Chaudhury, Aadita. 2018. “Events: STS in 'Africa'.” 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.

Meta-Narrative

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: "What events have marked the development of this STS formation?" as part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."

We find that since 2014, there have been several notable academic and practitioner conferences with increasing frequency on topics related to and relevant for science and technology in/on the African continent. These events have taken place across the Africa, Europe and the US, and have been characterized by the attendance of local and transnational scholars. Topics have tended to focus on mobile technologies and their uses in the African context, biomedicine, open science and technology, etc.

This is the first year that an explicit pre-conference workshop on STS in Africa is being held as part of the 4S annual conference. This marks an important milestone for a community of practice that is continuing to grow and be in conversation.

This initial collection of events is by no means representative of all relevant events and we encourage readers/contributors to continue to add to this list.

STS Across Borders In Brief

STS Across Borders is a special exhibit organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to showcase how the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed in different times, places and intellectual traditions. The gallery-style exhibit is part of the 2018 4S meeting in...Read more