STS in Africa

Tilley, Helen. 2011. Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge, 1870-1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Abstract: " Tropical Africa was one of the last regions of the world to experience formal European colonialism, a process that coincided with the advent of a range of new scientific specialties and research methods. Africa as a Living Laboratory is a far-...Read more

Holbrook, Jarita, Hakeem Oluseyi, and Arletha Williams-Livingston. 2012. “Total Solar Eclipse Coverage in Africa: Boundary Maintenance and the Control of ‘Image’ within the African-American Scientific Community.” Critical Arts 26 (5): 762–87.

AO: This 2012 article by Jarita Holbrook et al. focuses on newspaper articles, Internet sites and television broadcasts to analyze the representations of black scientists in the international media. The paper highlights important questions about who defines science, who has the...Read more

Breckenridge, Keith. 2014. Biometric State: The Global Politics of Identification and Surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the Present. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Abstract: " A groundbreaking study of South Africa's role as a site for global experiments in biometric identification throughout the twentieth century." Read more

Pollock, Anne. 2013. “Enbrel and the Autoimmune Era.” The Atlantic, June 18, 2013.

AO: This article published in The Atlantic discusses how a pharmaceutical drug, Enbrel, illustrates how we are intimately connected to our drugs. Pills and injectable drugs are tangible objects that are external to us, but upon consumption, they transform us and even...Read more

Pollock, Anne. 2014. “Places of Pharmaceutical Knowledge-Making: Global Health, Postcolonial Science, and Hope in South African Drug Discovery.” Social Studies of Science 44 (6): 848–73.

AO: This 2014 article by Anne Pollock explores how location of the scientific knowledge component of pharmaceuticals matters, especially working through the considerations for those interested in global health and postcolonial science, and for the scientists themselves.Read more

Twagira, Laura Ann. 2015. “Interrogating the ‘Machine’ and Women’s Things.” Technology’s Stories, September.

AO: This 2015 blog post by Laura Ann Twagira looks at the role of Western machines in Malian society and their meanings for women and touches on questions about how gender and technology are studied, women as users of technology, and their role in designing technological systems.Read more

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