Department of Anthropology
University of California, Irvine
October 2, 2018
To her committee members:
Dr. Kim Fortun (Chair)
Dr. Kris Peterson
Dr. George Marcus
Dr. Angela Jenks
Dr. Cecelia Lynch
This essay, submitted by University of California, Irvine Anthropology PhD student Angela Okune in partial fulfillment of her requirements for advancement to candidacy, is an annotated subset of a broader exhibit entitled "STS in 'Africa' in formation" created by Angela as part of the 4S 2018 STS Across Borders initiative.
This orals document queries key social studies of science and technology in/on Sub-Saharan Africa to understand how analysts have understood the construction of “Africa” as an object of study and the ethical responsibilities of doing research in/on the continent. This document includes discussions over the binary construction of “indigenous knowledge” versus "science" and how these debates feature in STS work. The document also investigates the data practices that STS scholars themselves use (and their articulations about these practices).
AO: These orals documents are framed around Fortun’s conceptualization of discursive risks and gaps (Fortun 2012). Fortun writes that the contemporary Late Industrial period is characterized by complex conditions for which there is no available...Read more
AO: These orals documents seek to understand the discursive risks (Fortun 2012) of relevant literatures for my project. How have scholars been thinking and writing about science and technology in Africa, collaboration, and investments into the African university?
The full set of questions used to query the artifacts can be found here.
This orals essay focuses on understanding the themes and topics that social scientists studying Science and Technology in Africa have been working on. I am particularly interested in studying the data practices of these scholars and how they describe their own and others’ data practices. This...Read more
“Research for Africa”: Qualitative Data Sharing Cultures and Practices
This doctoral research project examines how qualitative research data is produced, shared, and contested by diverse research groups in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite decades of research aiming to solve Africa’s problems and...Read more
The process of compiling the orals essay (and STS in Africa exhibit) required me to scour the Internet and attempt to acquire materials to include in the individual’s essay. Doing this for the 40 individuals in the essay and over one hundred artifacts which I created and uploaded in the...Read more
Aimé, Segla Dafon, and Akpona Simon. 2018. “The Role of a Yoruba Traditional Leaf in a Fermented Food Technology (Nauclea Latifolia, Sarcocéphalus Latifolius): Shedding Light on African Accuracy of Implicit Knowledge and Technologies".” Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal 5 (2...Read more