Landmark events 2005-2012

Street-level health workers in six African cities – shifting geographies of work, responsibility and entitlement, Workshop at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine April 2nd 2012.
Discussant: Doreen Massey (Open)

“Memorials and remains of science in Africa: Traces of progress, nostalgia and amnesia” Panel at the 110th Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association 2011

Volunteers, the voluntary sector and voluntarism in Britain and in Africa A joint conference between the Centre for History in Public Health, and the Anthropology and History of African Biosciences group, LSHTM, 14 October 2011.

Conference Panel: “The Construction of Healthy Spaces – Postcolonial Subjectivities and Governance”. Noemi Tousignant, John Manton, Uli Beisel spoke at the CRESC Annual Conference ‘Framing the City’, 6-9 September 2011 in Manchester.

Conference Panel: “(Re)Ordering Cities and Histories: African Urban Street-Level Workers”
Wenzel Geissler, Noemi Tousignant, John Manton, Ann Kelly, Uli Beisel, Ruth Prince and Martha Chinouya participated at the 4th European Conference on African Studies, 15-18th June 2011 in Uppsala. You can find the abstracts of our papers here.

Sentient Creatures conference (University of Oslo) 16-17 September 2010
Noemi Tousignant, Uli Beisel and Ann Kelly presented at the Sentient Creatures Conference organised by the University of Oslo.

The Public Understanding of Science in Africa: Sept 2010 British Institute of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
With support from the Leverhulme Trust and the Isaac Newton Trust. Organized by the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, together with the British Institute of East Africa, and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Anthropologies of African Biosciences Group

Thinking With Insects workshop: Entomological Reflections on History, Medicine and Politics. May 20th-22nd 2010, LSHTM.
This workshop brought together scholars from the natural and social sciences doing innovative work on the intersections of insect and human worlds. Combining historical, anthropological and sociological insights with the experiences of entomologists, the workshop explored the political dimensions of insect-knowledge, probing the question, “how can we think with bugs?”

Memories of Medical Research in Africa: photography exhibition
Monday 15th March 2010, LSTHM. Free and open to the public. Exhibition redeveloped and mounted at Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, April-May 2013.

Realms of Memory workshop: The material and symbolic traces of the past in medical research in contemporary Africa. February 22nd-23rd 2010, LSHTM.
This collaborative workshop between the History of Science Laboratory (REHSEIS) at the University of Paris Diderot and the Anthropologies of African Biosciences (AAB) at LSHTM, explored the ways in which biomedical research generates memory and how its practices are remembered, memorialized, and commemorated in African institutions, populations and landscapes.

Publics of Public Health Conference in Kilifi, Kenya, December 7-11th 2009
This conference reflected on the diverse and changing notions of ‘the public’, in relation to the production of medical knowledge and health in contemporary Africa.

Labour, Value and Experiment Workshop, LSHTM 2009
Contributors included Wenzel Geissler, Ari Samsky and Kaushik Rajan.

The Public Understanding of Science in Africa: Autumm 2009 Seminar series, Centre for African Studies, University of Cambridge

The Kilifi Conference 2005
Members of the AAB group organised a one week international conference in December 2005. This conference, jointly organised by the Health Policy Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya, and hosted by the latter, brought together a multi-disciplinary group of social scientists who have studied the conduct of medical research in Africa or worked in medical research sites in Africa, and specialists in ethics, medical research, human rights and policy. The overall aim of the conference was to explore the ‘trial community’; that is the broad social network that includes study participants, scientists, research staff, funders, academics, health care providers, government representatives and members of the public.