Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga (Science, Technology, and Society, MIT)

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga is an STS scholar of Africa and an African scholar of Science, Technology and Society interested in historicizing and theorizing the role mobility plays in everyday life. He researches and teaches on African Mobilities and Mobility in Africa; Science, Technology and African Societies; Energy, Environment, and African Society; and (African) Indigenous Knowledge Production and Practice. Mavhunga received his BA Honors from the University of Zimbabwe (History, 1996), his MA from University of the Witwatersrand (History and International Relations, 2000), and his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (History/STS, 2008). He taught at the University of Zimbabwe (2000-2005). He is finishing his first book, The Mobile Workshop, which traces the role of mobility in human-nature-technology interactions in Zimbabwean history. He is also co-editor (with Gijs Mom, Eindhoven University of Technology) of the Inside Mobility: A Kaleidoscopic Overview volume for MIT Press. Mavhunga has also published over a dozen articles and book chapters, including: "A Plundering Tiger with its Deadly Cubs?: The USSR and China as Weapons in the Engineering of a 'Zimbabwean Nation,' 1945-2009," in Gabrielle Hecht (ed.), Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War, editor (MIT Press, 2011) and "Vermin Beings: On Pestiferous Animals and Human Game," Social Text 106 (Spring 2011), an article that anticipates his second book project.