This research project by Sung-Joon Park & Uli Beisel investigates in collaboration with several African Universities the social, medical, and historical conditions of the formation of trust in medicine in African contexts.
This workshop is the third in a series of workshops on "Making Evidence, Designing Futures". It aspires to examine how measurements, predictions and evidence build particular futures and healths. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the New School for Social Research.
“Bodies and Bodiliness in Africa”, international conference held in Moshi, Tanzania. 7-9 June, 2010, co-organized with Stacey Langwick, Cornell University.
This program inquires into the production of evidence under conditions of uncertainty and how this relates to the enactment of futures. It starts from the assertion that modern public life implicates the quest for ‘matters of fact’ that are institutionally certified as objective. This quest results from the jurido-political pursuit of accountability in ordering practices, which incriminates predictability of future scenarios. As such the program is located in the anthropology of knowledge production and science and technology studies (STS). It focuses on the production of techno-scientific knowledge by investigating how evidence is made and comes to matter. We suggest that examining how certain matters of fact are certified provides crucial insights into the futures people design for the conduct of public life in the face of invincible uncertainty.