Translating Technology in Africa brings together authors from different disciplines who engage with Science and Technology Studies (STS) to stimulate curiosity about the diversity of sociotechnical assemblages on the African continent. The contributions provide detailed praxeographic examinations of technologies at work in postcolonial contexts. The series of 5 volumes aims to catalyse the development of a field of research that is still in its infancy in Africa and promises to offer novel insights into past, present, and future challenges and opportunities facing the continent. The first volume, on "Metrics", explores practices of quantification and digitisation. The chapters examine how numbers are aggregated and how the resulting metrics shape new realities.
Contributors include Kevin. P. Donovan, Véra Ehrenstein, Jonathan Klaaren, Emma Park, Helen Robertson, René Umlauf and Helen Verran
Richard Rottenburg, University of the Witwatersrand, is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at WiSER. He has published widely on technoscience in Africa and is best know for his monograph Far-fetched Facts (MIT Press 2009).
Faeeza Ballim is Senior Lecturer of History at the University of Johannesburg. She is the author of the monograph Apartheid’s Leviathan: Electricity and the Power of Technological Ambivalence (Ohio University Press 2023), and her research is situated at the intersection of core themes in African history, and Science and Technology Studies.
Bronwyn Kotzen is a visiting research fellow based at WiSER, a practicing architect, and a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town. Her research broadly examines sociomaterial politics in Sub-Saharan Africa as a lens to explore the relationship between materiality, science, technology, and space.
Students, scholars, and practitioners in the humanities, social sciences, economics and law, as well as in the natural sciences, engineering and medicine, working on the African continent and beyond.