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Title:Special issue: capacity as history and horizon: infrastructure, autonomy and future in African health science and care
Editors:Geissler, P. WenzelISNI
Tousignant, Noémi
Year:2016
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Volume:50
Issue:3
Pages:349-496
Language:English
City:Abingdon
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Geographic terms:Africa
Ghana
Uganda
Subjects:capacity building
health care
medical sciences
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcas20/50/3
Abstract:This special issue recovers some of what capacity building in African health science and care elides and obscures: the political and moral charge - for African scientists, clinicians and patients - of skills, technologies, careers, knowledge and care; the contested values, power and futures that capacity might perturb or activate; the 'in'capacities that global health capacity-building initiatives are rooted in, thrive on, reinforce or reproduce; as well as the existing capacities and dreams of capacity that these initiatives often fail to acknowledge, invest in, or engage with. Through the careful analysis of aspiration for and enactments of 'African' capacity, the six contributions to this issue re-open the political, ethical and temporal horizons that are linked to - or cut off from - discrete components of medical research and care, such as laboratory apparatus, diagnostic skills, national science policies or study subjects and bioethics. Contributions: Capacity as history and horizon: infrastructure, autonomy and future in African health science and care (P. Wenzel Geissler & Noémi Tousignant); Institutional memory, institutional capacity: narratives of failed biomedical encounters in East Africa (Melissa Graboyes & Hannah Carr); 'Scientific independence', capacity building, and the development of UNESCO's science and technology agenda for Africa (Casper Andersen); Fifty years of creativity, crisis, and cancer in Uganda (Marissa Mika); Opening up the black box: looking for a more capacious version of capacity in global health partnerships (Claire L. Wendland); Scientific capacity building and the ontologies of herbal medicine in Ghana (Damien Droney); African biomedical scientists and the promises of 'big science' (Iruka N. Okeke). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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