Measuring Kinship – Negotiating Belonging

Christof Lammer, Tatjana Thelen

This project explores how measurements of kinship shape inequalities and marginalizations in negotiations of belonging.

Infrastructures of Value

Christof Lammer

This project asks how infrastructures shape value in the agri-food sector.

Life Lived off the Grid

Eva Riedke

The project follows solar off grid products – from their design to their use – and explores how these become the object of negotiation about how people should achieve or lead a good, prosperous, healthy and just life.

Technoscapes in Africa

Richard Rottenburg, Siri Lamoureaux, Sung-Joon Park, Alena Thiel

This collaborative project examines the coproduction of technicisation and spatial orders across Africa by focusing on the interlacing of datafication and remote sensing into techno-scientific assemblages in the domains of health and environment.

Technicisation of Migration in Sudan

Timm Sureau

Focusing on South Sudanese refugees, this project inquires into the role of quantification and digitalization in humanitarian procedures of population management and in refugees’ attempts to navigate the resulting regulations.

An Ethnography of Programming

Timm Sureau

This project investigates the digitalizing of workflow procedures of German administrative bodies managing migration and asks how this process leads to transformations of bureaucratic sentiments.

Visualizing the electromagnetic spectrum

Siri Lamoureaux

This project explores how spatial and terrestrial scientific objects are identified, categorized and made actionable by scholars, technicians, the sensory media technology itself and the larger community of stakeholders.

Identification Technologies in Ghana

Alena Thiel, Richard Rottenburg

This project investigates the relation between recent innovations in the field of identification technologies and the production of key development indicators in Ghana.

Biometric Capitalism: Africa in the 21th century

Keith Breckenridge

This project examines the development of biometric identification and financialisation technologies on the African continent.

Inscriptions of body prostheses

Herbert Muyinda

This project examines the cultural, normative and political inscriptions of assistive devices for disabled bodies being more than technical replacements for the body.

Beyond Reliable Infrastructure

Peter Redfield

This project follows emerging forms of humanitarian design to inquire into the ethics and politics of interventions that seek to do good by saving lives.

Curriculum Development

Richard Rottenburg, René Umlauf, Herbert Muyinda, Keith Breckenridge

A major goal of this project is the publication of an open access series of edited volumes with case studies examining social transformations where science and technology play an important role in African contexts.

Finance Matters in Humanitarian Aid

Susan Erikson

This project investigates venture investment in humanitarian aid financing. It looks at value and risk mediations in humanitarian data and financing mechanisms as anticipatory and speculative technologies of care.

Biometric Futures

Ursula Rao

This project traces the relevance of biometric technology for the re-making of bodies, populations and political subjects in contemporary India.

Evidences and Futures

Richard Rottenburg

This project investigates how evidence-making results in the attribution of accountability to legal persons and thereby does onto-epistemological work on the future.