Traces of the Future: An Archaeology of Medical Science in Africa

In this book Paul Wenzel Geissler, Guillaume Lachenal, John Manton and Noémi Tousignant present a close look at the vestiges of twentieth-century medical work at five key sites in Africa. The result is unprecedented view of the lingering traces of medical science from Africa’s past.

More info at the University of Chicago Press

Traces of the Future, book cover

This book presents a close look at the vestiges of twentieth-century medical work at five key sites in Africa: Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, and Tanzania. The authors aim to understand the afterlife of scientific institutions and practices and the “aftertime” of scientific modernity and its attendant visions of progress and transformation. Straightforward scholarly work is juxtaposed here with altogether more experimental approaches to fieldwork and analysis, including interview fragments; brief, reflective essays; and a rich photographic archive. The result is an unprecedented view of the lingering traces of medical science from Africa’s past.

Tags: Africa, Medical work, Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania
Published Apr. 20, 2016 11:02 AM - Last modified Sep. 14, 2017 10:25 AM