Invite - PUBLIC POSITIONS SERIES - STS, Political Order and Maintaining Planetary Life by Manjari Mahajan | 9 March | 2:30pm SA TIME

Wednesday, 9 March, 2022 - 14:30

WiSER invites you to the first lecture of our new PUBLIC POSITIONS SERIES

STS, Political Order and Maintaining Planetary Life

Manjari Mahajan (The New School for Public Engagement)

The Gates Foundation and Visions of Global Health: Politics of Knowledge Production, Nation-States and Philanthropy  

The colony had long served as a laboratory for the production of new scientific and political knowledge. But what happens when parts of the global South, assertive and powerful in their own right, become crucibles for experimentation? This talk will examine how the Gates Foundation has embraced an expansive understanding of experimentality as it has undertaken programs in different parts of the world including India, China and South Africa. These programs have been typically welcomed by state governments, blurring older boundaries between the public, the private, the philanthropic, and academia. Moreover, they have been distinctive from older development initiatives in their experimental ethos. The talk will query the kinds of knowledge that get privileged, and how this shapes understandings of technoscience, progress and governance.

 RespondentsKeith Breckenridge & Vinayak Bhardwaj (WiSER)

9th March 2022

14.30 - 16.00 (SA time)


Please register for this Zoom event in advance of the meeting
https://wits-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lde2oqj8sGNfFCs8Up1gLi5K3xQ9cgtOH