C. Clapperton Mavhunga

Mavhunga, Clapperton - Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

E51-194C 617-324-2792

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Recent Honors & Awards

2015.

Runner-up/Honorable Mention, Turku Prize, European Society for Environmental History.

2015.

Honorable Mention, Melville Herskivits, African Studies Association.

Recent Articles

2016.

“Containers, Carriers, Vehicles: Three Views of Mobility from Africa,” Special Section of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 6 (2): 43-53 (with Katrien Pype and Jeroen Cuvelier).

2016.

“Organic Vehicles and Passengers: The Tsetse Fly as Transient Analytical Workspace,” Transfers 6 (2): 74-93.

2015.

"Guerrilla Healthcare Innovation: Creative Resilience in Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga, 1971 1980,” History and Technology 31 (3): 295-323.

2015.

“Commentary: Breathing Fresh Air into Mobility Studies from Down Under,” Transfers 5 (3). 123-128.

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga’s professional interests lie in the history, theory, and practice of science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the international context, with a focus on Africa. Mavhunga joined MIT as an assistant professor in 2008 after completing his PhD at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014), which received Honorable Mentions in the Turku Prize (European Society for Environmental History) and Herskovits Prize (African Studies Association) in 2015. His second (expected April 1, 2017, with MIT Press) is an edited 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. His current project focuses on African modes of chemistry, focusing on the making and strategic deployment of plant, animal, and mineral materials as poisons and medicines. Some of Mavhunga’s essays appear in Social Text, History and Technology, Transfers, and Journal of Southern African Studies.

His works, CV, and other details can be found on his webpage:https://mit.academia.edu/ClappertonMavhunga.

 

Courses

STS.007 Technology in History

STS.088 Africa for Engineers

STS.032 Energy, Environment and Society

STS.089 Technology and Innovation in Africa

Recent Books

2014

Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe

C. Clapperton Mavhunga

In Transient Workspaces, Clapperton Mavhunga views technology in Africa from an African perspective. Technology in his account is not something always brought in from outside, but is also something that ordinary people understand, make, and practice through their everyday innovations.