An invitation from Jasmine Mack ’16:
Africa has long been a space of technological innovation and adaptation despite popular Western media depictions to the contrary. In fact, Africa is at the center of global technology stories such as the history of nuclear proliferation. Recently scholars have documented novel uses of contemporary media technologies on the continent, as well as adaptations of older technologies such as studio photography or the automobile, all of which have had rich and complicated social impacts. Writers, artisans, and farmers have also created new technological cultures, while many African medical professionals have responded to technologically ‘poor’ environments by improvising basic solutions. Africanizing Technology aims to highlight and interrogate these and other technology stories on the continent from an interdisciplinary perspective.
More information after the jump:
The inspiration for the conference theme comes from the concept of Africanizing Anthropology elaborated by Lyn Schumaker (2001). Schumaker asserted that colonial knowledge production about Africa was rooted in the collaborative research process of European Anthropologists and African research assistants; the European discipline of anthropology was transformed as a result of this shared practice. Moreover, this intellectual move placed Africans at the center of knowledge production about Africa.
Keynote: Julie Livingston (Rutgers University) author of Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic (2012)
Panel I: Technologies of Identity and Knowledge Production
Panel II: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Development
Panel III: Imagining New Technological Cultures
Panel IV: Technological Cultures of Health and Healing
Conference Organizer: Laura Ann Twagira ltwagira[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
The conference keynote lecture and panel presentations are open to the public.
Africanizing Technology is supported by the Allbritton Center for Public Life, the Richard and May Scott Charitable Trust, Academic Affairs, the Department of History, and the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan.
Dates: Thursday, March 5th – Friday, March 6th
Times and places: Details here