Seyram Avle

Cite as:

Okune, Angela. 2018. "Seyram Avle." In STS in "Africa" Personal Careers. 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.


Seyram Avle is a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan's School of Information. In 2018, she will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research critically examines the situated practices and discourses of digital technologies/media in and from the global south. Her stated goal is to provide empirically rigorous and theoretically robust explanations for the ways that digital technologies are being designed and used around the world. To accomplish this, she studies 1) technology entrepreneurship and production 2) the interfacing of digital media and traditional media in parts of Africa and China.

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: “What people, projects, and products exemplify how this STS formation has developed over time?”

This essay highlights prominant and upcoming individuals working on critical science and technology issues in Africa and is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."

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...Read more

Blog post on Africa is a Country: "Hack, make, sell"

AO: In this 2018 blog post published by Africa is a Country, Chuma Asuzu and Seyram Avle discuss making and maker-entrepreneurs in Africa.Read more