Lesley Green on Future Directions of STS in Africa

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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 funding that gets behind it has really captured the terrain. I am hoping that this STS Across Borders project will stimulate wider discussion about how to address captured science.” 

"There are the beginnings of really great projects. Projects that come out of questions posed in the public sphere, which to me is so key. How are you framing your science questions? Are they framed by questions of capital (e.g. How many fish can be caught this year?) Whereas if you are a peddler, you are thinking about health and water quality and pathogens in the water. So, where the science question is coming from is absolutely key.”

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August 6, 2018 - 3:46am

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AO: This excerpt from a phone interview with Lesley Green highlights her thoughts on future directions for STS in Africa and helps to answer the STS Across Borders' analytic question: "How is the future of this STS formation envisioned?"

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