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Understanding Media Studies: "Everyday Forms of Innovation: Africa Contemporary" with Sean Jacobs & Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Understanding Media Studies: "Everyday Forms of Innovation: Africa Contemporary" with Sean Jacobs & Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Room UL104, University Center
General Public 

Media Studies invites you to a talk with Sean Jacobs, Associate Professor, International Affairs, The New School; Founder and Editor, Africa is a Country, and Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Associate Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT. 

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, he studied there, at Northwestern University and the University of London. He has held fellowships at The New School, Harvard University and NYU. His writings on African politics, reality television, the internet and soccer, have appeared in/on The New York Times, Jacobin, The Guardian, Volkskrant and Chimurenga Chronic.

Professor Mavhunga is an associate professor of science, technology, and society at MIT. His professional interests lie in the history, theory, and practice of science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the international context, with a focus on Africa. He is the author of Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014), and has just finished editing a volume entitled What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa? which explores STI in Africa from an archaeological, historical, philosophical, anthropological, STS, engineering, development, and policymaking perspective. Mavhunga’s second monograph—on tsetse fly as a site of African knowledge production—is finally finished after extensive further research and is expected late 2017 or early 2018.

Hosted by Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies.

Sponsored by the School of Media Studies as part of its weekly lecture series for "Understanding Media Studies.



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