Event: Africa in the World

Cite as:

Chaudhury, Aadita. 2018. "EVENT: Africa in the World." In Events: STS in “Africa", created by Aadita Chaudhury. In STS in “Africa” in Formation, created by Angela Okune and Aadita Chaudhury. In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.


This event was a joint conference of the American Anthropological Association and African Studies Association.  The conference was held at the Crowne Plaza Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa from May 25-28, 2018 and brought together scholars to discuss themes in African Studies across the humanities and social sciences, from historiography, literature, linguistics, anthropology, politics, and technological transformations to art and popular culture.

The conference opened with an evening keynote lecture on African philosophical and didactic traditions and their relevance to contemporary challenges and theories of social justice and rule of law. On days two and three there were roundtables, panels, posters, and flash presentations engaging critical topics, ranging from migration to climate change.  Optional hands-on workshops engaged small groups in exchanging practical ideas that participants can take back to their home institutions.

This PECE essay helps to answer the STS Across Borders analytic question: "What events have marked the development of this STS formation?".

This essay is part of an essay on events that have helped to bring the "STS in Africa" formation together, which is part of a broader exhibit on "STS in Africa."

STS Across Borders In Brief

STS Across Borders is a special exhibit organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to showcase how the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has developed in different times, places...Read more

Conference Program

Africa in the World Conference Program

AC: This artifact is the conference program and highlights the individuals who attended and presented.Read more

Liebow, Ed. 2018. “Africa in the World.” Anthropology News website, July 20, 2018. DOI: 10.1111/AN.930

AO: This news piece in the Anthro News website highlights some of the key questions that were tackled as part of the conference: who speaks with authority about Africa’s contemporary successes and failures? Is “the African Library” restricted to “Europhone” scholarship? To what extent is...Read more