Traces of the Future: An Archaeology of Medical Science in Africa



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May 20, 2018 - 5:50am

Critical Commentary

"This book presents a close look at the vestiges of twentieth-century medical work at five key sites in Africa: Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, and Tanzania. The authors aim to understand the afterlife of scientific institutions and practices and the “aftertime” of scientific modernity and its attendant visions of progress and transformation. Straightforward scholarly work is juxtaposed here with altogether more experimental approaches to fieldwork and analysis, including interview fragments; brief, reflective essays; and a rich photographic archive. The result is an unprecedented view of the lingering traces of medical science from Africa’s past."



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Wenzel Geissler, GUILLAUME LACHENAL, JOHN MANTON and Noemi Tousignant, "Traces of the Future: An Archaeology of Medical Science in Africa", contributed by , STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 20 May 2018, accessed 23 May 2024.