STS in Africa

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

AO: This 2018 paper by Segla and Akpona starts from the foundational archaeology of concepts in language and cognition of an archaic fermented food technology in an oral society to demonstrate the accuracy of implicit traditional knowledge. Read more

Juma, Calestous. 2017. “Leapfrogging Progress -- The Misplaced Promise of Africa’s Mobile Revolution.” The Breakthrough Journal (blog). Summer 2017.

AO: This blog article by Calestous Juma talks about the importance of focusing on development of physical infrastructure and related training for the future of development on the African continent. He argues that "Infrastructure is both the backbone of the economy and the motherboard of...Read more

4S 2018 Poster: Lesley Green

This poster series was created as part of STS IN "AFRICA" IN FORMATION, an STS Across Borders gallery collection at the 4S 2018 annual meeting in Sydney, Australia. All posters in the STS in Africa poster series can be found ...Read more

Subrahmanian, Eswaran, Toluwalogo Odumosu, and Jeffry Tsao, eds. 2018. Engineering a Better Future: Interplay between Engineering, Social Sciences and Innovation. 1st ed. 2018 edition. New York, NY: Springer.

Abstract: "This book examines how the social sciences can be integrated into the praxis of engineering and science, presenting unique perspectives on the interplay between engineering and social science. Motivated by the report by the Commission on Humanities and Social Sciences of the American...Read more
Burrell, Jenna. 2009. “The Field Site as a Network: A Strategy for Locating Ethnographic Research.” Field Methods 21 (2): 181–99.

AO: This 2009 paper by Jenna Burrell explores strategies devised by researchers to map social research onto spatial terrain. She focuses in particular on the logistical issues involved and practical steps to constructing virtual and networked sites into "field sites". This article includes...Read more

Bezuidenhout, Louise M., Sabina Leonelli, Ann H. Kelly, and Brian Rappert. 2017. “Beyond the Digital Divide: Towards a Situated Approach to Open Data.” Science and Public Policy 44 (4): 464–75.

AO: This 2017 paper by Bezuidenhout et al. uses qualitative empirical data from a study of lab-based research in Africa to highlight the limitations of a framing of online inequalities and access to ICTs as a "digital divide." They adapt Sen’s ‘capabilities approach’ to highlight the...Read more

Breckenridge, Keith. 2018. “Hopeless Entanglement: The Short History of the Academic Humanities in South Africa 1.” In The Changing Face of Higher Education, 175–196. Routledge.

AO: This 2018 paper by Keith Breckenridge speaks from a South African perspective on the global crisis of confidence in the humanities, which he notes is marked by declining student numbers and a loss of faith among scholars in the methods and powers of their research...Read more

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