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September 1st, 2015 by: Laura Ann Twagira

Interrogating the “Machine” and Women’s Things

When I[1] interviewed Mariam “Mamu” Coulibaly in Kankan (Mali, West Africa) about women’s work in the early twentieth century she told me about a labor intensive cooking process that involved farming, collecting and processing spices, pounding grains, and finally combining all those ingredients in the cooking pot.[2]  Her description was echoed by other elderly women…

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Techno-Histories in Mozambique: A Photographic Story Article

September 1st, 2015 by: Drew Thompson

Techno-Histories in Mozambique: A Photographic Story

A person (Figure 1) dressed in fatigues has his back to the camera (that is photographing the scene) and stands in a living room. The pictured subjects (five of whom are in the frame) appear to direct their attention towards another male figure that stands in the frame slightly off center, revealing two figures with…

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September 1st, 2015 by: Jennifer Hart

Automobility, Technopolitics, and African Histories of Technology-in-Use in Twentieth Century Ghana

On May 31, 1940, the President of the Accra Town Council (ATC) wrote to the Colonial Secretary, complaining that “pirate passenger lorries” were plying the roads between the Gold Coast’s capital, Accra, and the eastern suburb of Labadi.  A heavily traveled route, the road between Labadi and Accra was used to seeing lorry traffic.  Labadi…

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September 1st, 2015 by: Tara Dosomu Diener

Wards Apart?: Rethinking the Hospital through a West African Lens

Two continents, two hospitals Hospital A has problems. Exterior security is heavy with electronic technology meant to restrict access, but behind the doors the image of order fades. The night shift is so under-staffed that an off-duty EMT is recruited from the emergency department to start intravenous drips on children. Terribly lacking in human resources,…

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