Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga



Room E51-194C

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Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga is an associate professor of science, technology, and society (STS) at MIT. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan (2008), MA at the University of the Witwatersrand (2000), and BA Honors at the University of Zimbabwe (1996). Mavhunga arrived at MIT fresh from grad school as a tenure-track assistant professor in 2008 and was awarded tenure as associate professor in 2015. He is the first graduate of the University of Michigan’s Science, Technology & Society (STS) Program. Mavhunga is one of few African scholars trained in and publishing at the intersection of African History and STS, specifically approaching issues of science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship "from Africa." By this he means not merely taking Africa as fodder for Western theory, but using indigenous traditions as philosophical standpoints for thinking about the question of the scientific, the technological, and the innovative. Prof. Mavhunga is the author of Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014), and has just finished his second book, tentatively entitled What Does Science Mean from Africa? A View from Dzimbahwe and an edited volume entitled What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa? (both manuscripts under review with MIT Press). His next two book projects focus on "Chimurenga as Innovation" and "African Chemistry." Mavhunga has also published many articles and book chapters, including "Vermin Beings." He teaches courses such as Africa for Engineers; Technology and Innovation in Africa; Technology in History; and Energy, Environment, and Society. He is also finalizing a graduate seminar titled "Global South Epistemologies of Science, Technology, and Innovation," which he hopes to turn into a book series.

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