Okune, Angela. 2018. “Future Directions of 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.
This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: "How is the future of this STS formation envisioned?"
This essay highlights interview and survey responses related to future directions of studies of science and technology in Africa as held by individuals working on critical science and technology issues in Africa. Responses highlight that future studies of science and technology in/of/from “Africa” should pay attention to the growing presence of multinationals working and promoting science and technology in Africa (Green; Sambuli); Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (Orwa; Ochieng); scholarly infrastructures (Densmore; Green; Okune; Bezuidenhout; Barnard; Coban; Meek); and making/hacking/innovation/experimentation (Bernal; Mwenda).
This essay is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."
Lesley Green (May 18, 2018): “For me, the key work that needs to be done in the next couple of years is building science studies in Africa in order to equip scholars to be able to take issue with "captured science." Because captured science with its neoliberal dogma and political will and...Read more
Chris Orwa (July 2018): "Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence the two technologies that are fast garnering interest in Kenya and Africa. For Blockchain, it promises to eradicate corruption which is endemic in the continent – developers and entrepreneurs are hoping to cash in on this craze and...Read more
Michel Wahome (August 20, 2018): "Continued work in the development of decolonial epistemology so that Africa can speak about and for itself." Read more
Melissa Densmore (May 6, 2018): " There are some major structural issues entailed in the conference circuit - resulting in geographical siloing of research contributions. Would like to see more support for "southern-driven" conferences, with ties to mainstream conferences, as well as more...Read more
Helena Barnard (April 25, 2018): " The rise of predatory journals and what it suggests about how African scholars perceive the process of knowledge generation is a critically important issue." Read more
Nanjira Sambuli (July 2018): "There seems to be growing interest in researching innovation within STS, in academic institutions, as well as by multinational tech companies like Google (setting up an AI lab in Ghana), IBM Research (and their first Africa research centre in Nairobi), Microsoft (...Read more
Sidney Ochieng (July 2018): "So much blockchain, this is very much still in the hype stage; I’m still not sure of the practical uses. Lending is huge but it is very focused on personal small loans, but movement to other sectors. There’s farmtech and of course there is a lot of excitement...Read more
Angela Okune (June 6, 2018): I think that future research related to science and technology in/from/on Africa should look at research infrastructures, that is, the technical, legal, political, economic and social infrastructures that have been and are being established to produce...Read more
Victoria Bernal (May 27, 2018): " There are so many exciting things going on. One thing that interests me is African makers, hackers, and repair/recyclers. I think there is a lot of experimentation, teaching and learning, and innovation going on in some spheres that are not necessarily on...Read more