Ethical Infrastructures: Tech, Environment, and Sustainability in Africa


Ethical Infrastructures is a series of interdisciplinary discussions focused on the industrial, social, and environmental impacts of technology on the continent. Hosted by our center, the series will feature speakers and panelists addressing how and why debates about technology and sustainability are critically important for Africa, while tackling the phenomenon of slow, continuous, and often invisible harm produced by industrial pollution and other large-scale contamination across Africa. Speakers will also build awareness around local communities highlighting and naming the ways they have been impacted by environmental harm.






Fall Quarter Events

11/17 Technologies of the New Apartheid

Through a discussion of his newly published book The New Apartheid, Dr. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, explores the edifice of systemic racial oppression - the new apartheid - that continues to thrive, despite or even because of the democratic system. This new apartheid is a privatized, decentralized, self-replicating vestige of the apartheid state. For the people of South Africa, it means poverty or paradise, separated by an inch of glass and a line of code. Mpofu-Walsh names the South African malaise by tracing its impact on the country's use of space, law, wealth, technology and punishment. RSVP here to attend.


12/01 The Political Life of an Epidemic: Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe

This talk will focus on the the social politics of inequality in Africa, through an examination of disease, public health, violence, and social suffering as organizing frameworks for both historical and contemporary case studies. Through a discussion of his recently published book, Professor Chigudu will discuss the political life of the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, tracing the historical origins of the outbreak, examining the social pattern of its unfolding and impact, analyzing the institutional and communal responses to the disease, and marking the effects of its aftermath. Professor Chigudu reveals how this epidemic of a preventable disease had profound implications for political institutions and citizenship in Zimbabwe. RSVP here to attend.





This series is cosponsored by the Program in Science Technology and society,  Department of Anthropology, Stanford Earth, the Program in History and Philosophy of Science, the Digital Civil Society Lab, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Stanford Global Studies and the Ethics in Society Center