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WHAT DO SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND INNOVATION MEAN FROM AFRICA?


13-15 NOVEMBER 2014
MIT CAMPUS
E51-095



WORKSHOP PROGRAM


Thursday, November 13

4:15 - 4:30 PM
Welcome
Rosalind Williams
Acting Director MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society

4:30 - 6 PM
Workshop Introduction
Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Workshop Organizer
Associate Professor, MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society

6:30 PM
Dinner
Catalyst Restaurant
300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139


Friday, November 14

8:00 - 10:00 AM
Panel 1: Science and Technology in African Lives, Africans in Science and Technology

D. A. Masolo
University of Louisville
"The Place of Science and Technology in Our Lives: Making Sense of Possibilities"

Alvan Ikoku
Stanford University
"Jomo Kenyatta and the Literature of Public Health"

Rudo Mudiwa
Indiana University
"'Broken' Technology as a Metaphor of African Regression"

10 - 10:30 AM
Coffee Break

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Panel 2: Africans as Makers

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
MIT
"Making Nations: Pan-Africanism and African Socialism as Political Innovation"

Gloria Emeagwali
Central Connecticut State University
"Conceptualizing Science in it's African Context with reference to African Traditional Medicine"

Geri Augusto
Brown University
"Plants of Bondage, Liberation Flora and Colonial Sciences - Reflections for STS"

Ron Eglash and Ellen Foster
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"On the Politics of Generative Justice: African Traditions and Maker Communities"

1 - 2 PM
Lunch (provided)

2 - 4 PM
Panel 3: Going Rogue with "Technology Transfer"

Olufunmilayo B. Arewa
University of California at Irvine
"Technology Disruption and Institutions in Africa"

Tolu Odumosu
University of Virginia
"Making Mobiles African: A Tale of Two Nations"

Katrien Pype
KU Leuven University and University of Birmingham
"Technology and Creativity in Kinshasa's Marketplace Radio Stations"

4:15 - 6 PM
Roundtable

Who and what is missing from the science, technology, and innovation definitions and practices? How do we move towards a more inclusive discussion? With what consequences?

Chair: Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
Participants: D.A. Masolo, Ron Eglash, Gillian Marcelle, Garrick Louis, and Funmi Arewa

6:30 PM
Dinner
EVOO
350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 20139


Saturday, November 15

8:30 - 11 AM
Panel 4: Innovation from Africa

Garrick Louis
University of Virginia
"Innovation for Development: Africa"

Gillian Marcelle
Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
"Critical Perspectives for Innovation Policy: An Imperative for Africa"

Kristin Peterson
University of California at Irvine
"Who is innovation for? The Technological Imagination and the Good Life"

Cosmas Ochieng
African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya
"'Scientific African': The Missing Link in the African Renaissance"

11 AM - 12 PM
Closing Discussion

12 - 1 PM
Lunch and Departure


Please click on titles for abstract and bio.
For more information please contact Clapperton Mavhunga or Randyn Miller.

 

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