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Accepted Paper:

On Technicisation  

Author:

Richard Rottenburg (University of the Witwatersrand)

Paper short abstract:

Investigating the making and the consequences of technosciences outside the old industrial metropoles allows new insights into the possibilities of decolonization. This requires us to revisit the notions of colonization and technicisation.

Paper long abstract:

The Study of Science and Technology within the humanities and social sciences (sociology, history, philosophy, and much later also anthropology and geography) has been largely shaped by scholarship that focused on issues within the highly technicised, industrialised countries of the West. However, the circulation of technoscience and also the development of it are not contained within those countries but include the entire globe. Investigating the making and the consequences of technosciences outside the old industrial metropoles allows new insights into the possibilities of decolonization. This requires us to revisit the notions of colonization and technicisation.

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Shifting Horizons: Anthropology and STS in the 21st Century