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Foster, Laura A. 2017. Reinventing Hoodia: Peoples, Plants, and Patents in South Africa. Feminist Technosciences. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Abstract: " Native to the Kalahari Desert, Hoodia gordonii is a succulent plant known by generations of Indigenous San peoples to have a variety of uses: to reduce hunger, increase energy, and ease breastfeeding. In the global North, it is known as a natural appetite suppressant, a former star of...Read more

2016. Foster. "A Postapartheid Genome Genetic Ancestry Testing and Belonging in South Africa"

“This article examines a genetic ancestry testing program called the Living History Project (LHP) that was jointly organized by a nonprofit educational institute and a for-profit genealogy company in South Africa. It charts the precise mechanisms by which the LHP sought to shape a postapartheid...Read more

2012. Green. "Beyond South Africa’s ‘indigenous knowledge – science’ wars"

Abstract: " In this paper, the paradoxes and difficulties attending the notion of indigenous knowledge in South Africa are reviewed and an alternative dialogue about intellectual heritage is proposed. Beginning with a survey of debates on ‘indigenous knowledge’ and sciences in India, Australia and...Read more
Collaborative Research Project on Water Quality in Cape Town

Lesley Green has been working together with a team of researchers (Full team includes: Leslie Petrik, Adeola P. Abegunde and Cecilia Y. Sanusi from the Environmental and Nano Science Group, at the Department of Chemistry at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town; Lesley Green...Read more

Blog post: "Making it Through the Water Crisis"

This blog post by Lesley Green was initiated in response to an email from a journalist who asked for comment on the Cape water crisis. His email was titled "Will Cape Town survive the deadliest water crisis?." Green responds that this is not “the deadliest” water crisis and that the city...Read more

Isaacman, Allen F., Premesh Lalu, and Thomas I. Nygren. 2005. “Digitization, History, and the Making of a Postcolonial Archive of Southern African Liberation Struggles: The Aluka Project.” Africa Today 52 (2): 55–77.

AO: While not explicitly on BIEA or Kenya, this article is important to better understand the context out of which Aluka was created. Aluka is the digital library which houses the (partially) digitized collections of BIEA. Founded in 2003, in June 2008, the Ithaka...Read more

Leslie Green on narratives about Africa

"My PhD was on journalism and narratives of crisis and conflict in KwaZulu­Natal in the 1990s. I feel very strongly about the role of the media in generating responsive, responsible stories."Read more
Workshop: "Contested Ecologies: Natures and States in the Global South"

In November 2011, Dr Lesley Green (UCT) brought together scholars from South America, Australia, Europe and Africa to discuss different ways of understanding ecology. At the workshop, entitled "Contested Ecologies: Natures and States in the Global South...Read more

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