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The closing Conference

MEMORIALS AND REMAINS OF MEDICAL RESEARCH IN AFRICA.
An anthropology of scientific landscapes, ruins and artefacts










June 13, 14, 15, 2015, England



The closing Conference of the MEREAF Project will gather 60 Researchers coming mainly from Kenya, Zambia, Sénégal, South Africa, France, United-States and United-Kingdom, in the domain of Hixton near Cambridge.
With support of ANR and of ESRC, and also of the Wellcome Trust and the Foundation Leverhulme.


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To the Sunday June 14, Monday June 15


Saturday 13th June
10.00 – 10.30 Welcome
10.30 – 11.30 OPENING KEYNOTE : Simon Schaffer : The silent trade : reveries of global sciences
Chair : Noemi Tousignant
11.30 – 12.00 Tea


12.00 – 14.00 Parallel sessions

- A. ARCHIVES OF DREAMS
Chair : Alison Bashford

  • Guillaume Lachenal : Colonial doctors in paradise. The history of the Haut Nyong utopia, Cameroon
  • Oswald Masebo : Infant Welfare Interventions in Colonial Southwest Tanzania, 1920 – 1940
  • Noémi Tousignant : Things that did not happen : archive, resurrection and dreams of public health in Senegal
  • John Manton : Medical forgetting and musical memory at Uzuakoli Leprosy Centre, Nigeria

- B. GOVERNING DREAMS
Chair : Jeremy Greene

  • Rasheed Olaniyi : Memory and Politics of Colonial Medical Services in Ogbomoso, 1907 – 1970
  • Erick Nyambedha : Forgotten People : Challenges of accessing basic health services by Indigenous Populations in Kenya
  • Hannah Brown : Managerial relations in Kenyan health care : Empathy and the limits of governmentality
  • Anne-Marie Moulin : Quarantines and community isolation in the times of Global Health : Morals, Esthetics and Science


14.00 – 15.30 Lunchbreak


15.30 – 17.30 Parallel sessions

- A. IMAGINERIES OF CARE AND WELFARE
Chair : Gabrielle Hecht

  • Claire Wendland : Starter kits and easy blessings : dreaming possibilities in everyday maternity care in Malawi
  • Ruth Prince : The past futures of a public hospital in Kenya
  • Noelle Sullivan : Imagining a Hospital Future : An Archaeology of Performative Engagement in Tanzania
  • Ramah McKay : Mourning Alma Ata : Public commitments and humanitarian temporalities in Mozambique

- B. PROGRESSIVE TOOLS
Chair : Carlo Caduff

  • Nolwazi Mkhwanazi : A living laboratory ? Medical male circumcision in Swaziland
  • Marine Al Dahdah : Health in Africa : mobile phone is the cure
  • Iruka Okeke : TBA
  • Ann H. Kelly : Sensing Cellular Debris : Traces of a Soviet method in a Tanganyikan Laboratory


17.30 – 18.00 Tea
18.00 – 19.00 KEYNOTE : Nancy Rose Hunt : Dreams and Dream Collectors in African History
Chair : Guillaume Lachenal





Sunday 14th June
8.30-9.30 KEYNOTE : Gabrielle Hecht : Toxic Tales from the African Anthropocene
Chair : Ferdinand Okwaro
9.30 – 10.00 Tea


10.00 – 12.00 Parallel sessions
- A. FREEDOM AND DEPENDENCE
Chair : Nancy Rose Hunt

  • Helen Tilley : The Wisdom of the Peoples’ - African decolonization, Global Governance, and Cold War Constructions of Traditional Medicine
  • Wenzel Geissler : Field station as stage : acting science, forgotten scripts and the violence of mimetic dreaming
  • Johan Lagae : “Il ne peut être question de faire une politique, basée sur la couleur de peau”. Postwar hospital architecture in the Belgian Congo and the dream of a new colonial society
  • John Harrington : Staging the Nation : Blood Donation, Ethnicity and Terror in Kenya

- B. DIVERGENT DREAMS
Chair : Alice Street

  • Catherine Burns : The Invention of the Birthsuit : Dreams, Fiction and Techno-Science in Apartheid South Africa
  • Freya Jephcott : Formal and informal systems of response to outbreaks emerging infectious diseases in Ghana
  • Luce Beeckmans : Imagined disease and racial segregation : multiple dreams of open space in Kinshasa and Dar-es-Salaam
  • Mathieu Quet : Security Dreams : Fighting against illicit medicines and shaping pharmaceutical markets in Kenya


12.00 – 13.30 Lunch


13.30 – 15.30 Parallel sessions
- A. QUESTS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL EFFECT
Chair : Bob Simpson

  • Rene Gerrets : Malaria control dreams in colonial British East Africa : tracing remnants of cinchona-based industrial production in Tanzania
  • Rebecca Marsland : The Standardized Dream of the Insecticide Treated Mosquito Net
  • Kirsten Moore-Sheely : Visions of ‘Community Based’ Malaria Control’ : The History of Insecticide Treated Nets in Kenya
  • Anne Pollock : Hope in Synthesis : iThemba Pharmaceuticals and dreams of South African Drug Discovery

- B. HOPE, DEATH AND WELLBEING
Chair : Christoph Gradmann

  • Aimé Kakudji Kyungu : « Une femme ne peut pas mourir pour avoir aimé » Les rêves brisés des parturientes dans les salles d’accouchement de l’hôpital Sendwe de Lubumbashi
  • Benson Mulemi : Quest for health beyond hospital treatment of cancer in Kenya
  • Patience Mususa : Dreaming beyond a blanket and a roof : Visions of dwelling and wellbeing in an HIV/AIDS project in Zambia
  • Tamara Giles-Vernick and Fabienne Hejoaka : Healing dreams and hepatitis B in Burkina Faso


15.30 – 16.00 Tea
16.00 – 18.00 KEYNOTES :

  • James Fairhead : Ebola nightmares : Where dreams and the imaginary fill a social void
  • Cheikh Ibrahima Niang : Daydreaming from Ebola : From resistance to hidden Utopias of gender and health in West Africa
    Chair : Ann Kelly & Ruth Prince




Monday 15th June

9.00 – 10.00 KEYNOTE : Filip De Boeck - TBA
Chair : John Manton
10.00 – 10.30 Tea


10.30 – 12.00 Parallel sessions
- A. ENGENDERING CAPACITY
Chair : Anne-Marie Moulin

  • Peter Mangesho : Forgetting “Africanization” in East Africa
  • Branwyn Poleykett : Formatting the future : dreams and desires in capacity building
  • Ferdinand Okwaro : Collaborations in transnational medical research : aspirations, aims and dreams of African scientists and institutions

- B. TARGETING INFECTION
Chair : Ruth Prince

  • Fanny Chabrol : Dreaming of safer blood donation and transfusion amidst a ruined hospital in Cameroon
  • Alice Desclaux : Tensions between humanistic and sanitary projects in the Ebola outbreak
    Julia Cummiskey : Stylish Men : Promoting Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Uganda


12.00 – 13.00 Lunch


13.00 – 14.30 Parallel sessions
- A. SEEKING ENGAGEMENT
Chair : Peter Mangesho

  • Tracey Chantler : Becoming part and parcel of KEMRI-CDC’ : Hopes and expectations undergirding stakeholder engagement in health research
  • Birgitte Bruun : Daily trials : Lay engagement in transnational medical research projects in Lusaka, Zambia
  • Crystal Biruk : Blueprints and minor dreams : The polyrhythms of survey research projects in Malawi

- B. TRANSFORMATIVE SCIENCE
Chair : Benson Mulemi

  • Gemma Aellah : Human-landing catchers, science-workers and AIDS orphans : the art and science of hustling to crossing the border between poverty and stability among the post-AIDS generation of ‘youth’ in rural Western Kenya
  • Lloyd Akrong : (Re)configuring visions of biomedical research in Africa : clinical trials as imaginative and transformative spaces
  • Johanna Crane : Administrative dreams, administrative nightmares : Indirect costs, inequality, and the economies of global health science


14.30 – 15.30 CLOSING KEYNOTE : Steve Feierman : Imaginary Care in the History of Eastern Africa
Chair : Wenzel Geissler
15.30 – 17.00 Closing Drinks