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Reimagining Science and Statecraft in Postcolonial Kenya
Stories from an African Scientist




ISBN 9781138059122
Published August 5, 2018 by Routledge
240 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

 
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This book examines the development of medical sciences in postcolonial Kenya, through the adventures and stories of the controversial Kalenjin scientist Davy Kiprotich Koech. As a collaborative life story project, it privileges African voices and retellings, re-centring the voice of African scientists from the peripheries of storytelling about science, global health research collaborations, national politics, international geopolitical alliances, and medical research.





Focusing largely on the development of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and its collaborations with the US Centers for Disease Control, the Walter Reed Project, Japan’s International Cooperation Agency, the Wellcome Trust, and other international partners, Denielle Elliott and Davy Koech challenge euro-dominant representations of African science and global health in both the contemporary and historical and offer an unconventional account which aims to destabilize colonial and neo-colonial narratives about African science, scientists, and statecraft. The stories force readers to contend with a series of questions including: How do imperial effects shape contemporary medical research and national sovereignty? In which ways do the colonial ghosts of early medical research infuse the struggles of postcolonial scientists to build national scientific projects? How were postcolonial nation-building projects tied up with the dreams and visions of African scientists? And lastly, how might we reimagine African medicine and biosciences?





The monograph will be of interest to students, educators, and scholars working in African Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Global Health, Cultural Anthropology, and Medical Anthropology.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations



Preface



The Art of Storytelling / Stories of Science: An introduction







  1. Daudi






  2. Colonial Administration






  3. Soliat Primary School






  4. Growing up During Independence






  5. Hospitalization






  6. Student Life and Education Reforms






  7. Kericho Tea Hotel






  8. On Becoming a Scientist






  9. Siberia






  10. HLA tissue-typing and kidney transplants in Kenya






  11. Science and Technology Amendment Act






  12. Daniel arap Moi






  13. National Politics






  14. The Kenya Medical Research Institute






  15. Japan






  16. Division of Vector Borne Diseases






  17. Wellcome Trust






  18. Walter Reed Project / US Army Research Unit






  19. The US Embassy and the CDC






  20. The KEMRON Trial






  21. Saba Saba and the KEMRON Results






  22. Kinshasa and Racial Politics






  23. A Son’s Death






  24. Collaborative agreements and fiscal irregularities






  25. The Accusations






  26. Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission






  27. The Arrest






  28. Corporate executive






  29. Faith




Epilogue by Davy Kiprotich Koech

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Biography

Denielle Elliott is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Social Science and Anthropology at York University in Toronto, Canada with cross-appointments in the graduate programs of International Development Studies, and Science, Technology and Studies. She is a founder and co-curator of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, and writes on questions relating to social suffering, colonialism, morality, and the politics of medicine.