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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Associate Professor, MIT

Africa

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at MIT, the top engineering institute in the world. His expertise lies in understanding the role of science and technology in society, policy, government, and business within the African context. Prof. 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, (2014) and The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production (expected out June 2018), and the editor of What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa? (2017). Prof. Mavhunga is also the author of over twenty journal articles and book chapters. He approaches science and technology from his own dzimbahwe and other African traditions, a deep historical and Africa-centered consciousness that takes everyday life as an open laboratory. Prof. Mavhunga is currently writing a third monograph, titled African Chemistry: Science with an African Totem, which revisits indigenous science with an eye to working with the grassroots custodians of this knowledge and the youth in turning these ideas and technological practices into actual products.

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