Season 1 Recap

edna bonhomme and Kristyna Comer highlight the contributions from Season 1 of the Decolonization in Action Podcast. We will resume the podcast in mid-March.

In this episode, edna bonhomme and Kristyna Comer, the hosts of the Decolonization in Action Podcast, present an overview of Season 1 and provides excerpts of some of the ways that guests have put decoloniality in their work by interrogating science, museums, memory, the arts, and climate justice. We will resume with Season 2 of the podcast in mid-March 2020.

Image by Nina Prader, http://www.ladylibertypress.org/About-Nina-Prader

The excerpts highlighted in the recap came from the following episodes:

Episode 6: Towards an African Technological & Scientific Imaginary
decolonizationinaction.com/2019/12/10/episode-6/

Episode 8: Heritage Formation
decolonizationinaction.com/2020/01/01/…-formation/

Episode 4: Colonial Medicalization and Homosexuality in the Philippines
decolonizationinaction.com/2019/11/18/…calization/

Episode 10: “Whose Solutions?” Podcast por el Clima at COP25 with Sumugan Sivanesan
decolonizationinaction.com/2020/02/04/…-sivanesan/

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Season 1 Episode 6: Towards an African Technological & Scientific Imaginary

In this episode, edna bonhomme is in conversation with Dr. Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at MIT and the founder of Research || Design || Build, a village-based institute in rural Zimbabwe.

Image: “Technician in biotech laboratory” by IITA Image Library is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

In this episode, edna bonhomme and Professor Chakanetsa Mavhunga discuss the history of the African continent with relation to scientific, technological, and medical innovations. A central element of this conversation is the role that philosophical traditions and space have in shaping the epistemology of knowledge. They also examine Africa’s colonial history, the power of historical narrative, African women scientists, and the future of innovation on the African continent.

DR. CLAPPERTON CHAKANETSA MAVHUNGA

Chakanetsa self-identifies as a critical thinker-doer, who deploys historical research in service of problem-solving. Chakanetsa is a tenured associate professor of science, technology, and society (STS) at MIT and the founder of Research || Design || Build, a village-based institute in rural Zimbabwe dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary problem-solving, innovation, and entrepreneurship among Africa’s rural poor. He is the author of three books on science, technology, and innovation in Africa, viz.: Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe (2014); What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa? (2017, editor); and The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production (2018), and is working on the fourth, titled African Chemistry: Science with an African Totem. He has given numerous talks, including at TED and Google.

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