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SKAnning Space from Africa: Seeing and Becoming



The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope is in the process of becoming the world’s largest scientific instrument. Based in South Africa and extending across the continent, the SKA enables not only cutting edge science, but also new “becomings” of things and people: existing radio dishes are converted into astronomical instruments and a new generation of experts and scientists – such as astrophysicists, bioinformaticians as well as geographic information systems specialists – are currently being trained and are celebrated as Africa’s bright future.

In our working group’s workshop, we aim to attend to processes and conditions for these becomings, entangled with temporalities and spatialities of socio-technicality. Seeking different perspectives on becomings, we have invited people with different disciplinary backgrounds, ranging from astronomy to social science studies, anthropology, linguistics, and philosophy.


5-day workshop on „SKAnning Space from Africa: Seeing and Becoming“ with scholars from Africa (South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and others) 10-14th of February 2020.

The workshop outline can be found here. For more information and registration to the closed workshop sessions, please write to hanna.nieber@uni-bayreuth.de

Public lectures

11.02.2020, 09:15, NWIII H36
Davide Chinigò: “Becoming with the Square Kilometre Array”

12.02.2020, 09:30, NWII H20
James Chibueze: “Networks, Power, and the Africa Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network”

13.02.2020, 09:30, NWIII H36
Thebe Medupe: “Becoming an African Astronomer”

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