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Science and Technology Studies in/of Africa (Fall 2021)

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS), with a geographic focus on Africa. We will engage scholarship and media produced by anthropologists, historians, and postcolonial theorists to challenge narratives that construct the continent as a passive recipient of knowledge, projects, and technological innovations that originate in the global North. Each week, our focus will be on tracing the itineraries of a single technoscientific artifact, such as pharmaceuticals, water pumps, malaria bed nets, cars, mobile phones, offshore oil rigs, nuclear power, radio, and toilets. We will attend to what kinds of relations, politics, emotions, and economies assemble around these objects, and explore science and place, technology and culture, traveling technologies, and the many meanings that adhere to (post)colonial science and technology.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes Language?: No

Cal Biruk

Associate Professor

Prerequisite(s): Registration in level III or above in any program. ANTHROP 2F03 is recommended.