Please consider submitting a paper abstract to be considered for inclusion in an Open Track session on STS Africa at the upcoming Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) from September 4-7, 2019. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019.
STS Africa: Innovations, Interruptions, Regenerations (#152)
This open track panel session is an opportunity to deepen the scholarly conversation about science and technology studies (STS) in and of Africa. We hope to build on the conversations begun last year at 4S in Sydney around the question – “What are the boundaries of Science and Technology in Africa and how should we recognize and address both the uniqueness of African knowledge production and innovation on the one hand, and the potential that STS work in Africa has to offer to the field as a whole on the other?” (www.stsafrica2018.com) Taking seriously the theme for this year’s meeting, we seek submissions that wrestle with historical and contemporary cases of African science and technology and, associated innovations. What are the social, political, economic and historical interruptions that we must be attentive to in our study of science and technology in Africa? As the continent undergoes an uneven economic regeneration, what are the challenges and problematics of modernity, democracy and civic governance in relation to science and technology from and of Africa? We are interested in submissions that relate to one of the core areas of inquiry, i.e., Information and Communication Technologies, Biomedicine, the Environment and Critical Infrastructure Studies.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Tolu Odumosu at tbo4z[at]virginia.edu and/or Laura Foster at fosterl[at]indiana.edu.