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Prof. Dr. Uli Beisel

Juniorprofessorin für Kultur und Technik in Afrika


Kontaktdaten

E-Mail: uli.beisel@uni-bayreuth.de
Telefon: 0921 55 4232
Fax: 0921 55 4136
Büro: GW II, Raum 0.11
Sprechstunde: currently by appointment only


Forschungsgebiete

Meine Arbeit ist in dem interdisziplinären Feld der feministisch und postkolonial geprägten Science and Technology Studies, und der medizinischen und multispecies Anthropologie und Humangeographie verortet.

Ich habe zu 'mosquito-parasite-human entanglements' in der Malariakontrolle in Ghana und Sierra Leone gearbeitet, und bin weiterhin von Praktiken der Grenzziehung zwischen menschlichen und nicht-menschlichen Organismen, und deren Möglichkeiten zur Koexistenz fasziniert. Meine Forschung ist von der Frage geprägt wie wir mit Organismen und Substanzen, die für die menschliche Gesundheit schädlich sind, gut zusammenleben können. In diesem Zusammenhang interessiere ich mich für mutierende Moskitos und resistente Parasiten; zoonotische Krankheiten; Insektizide und Pestizide; Technologien und Infrastrukturen in der Weltgesundheit und deren Krisen; Praktiken und Politiken des Diagnostizierens und Testens, sowie der Evidenz, Spekulation und Ignoranz; und Geographien von Energie und Abfall im sub-Saharischen Afrika.

Forschungs- und Betreuungsinteressen

Kultur und Technik in Afrika, Global Health, Malaria, Mensch-Umweltbeziehungen, (erneuerbare) Energien, Abfall und Recycling

Aktuelle Forschungsprojekte

Trust in medicine after the EVD epidemic: Street-level health bureaucrats, the institutionalization of care, and the creation of preparedness in Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Ghana

with Dr. Sung-Joon Park (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg), Dr. Sylvanus Spencer (Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone), Esther Mukowa and Prof. Dr. Paul Richards (Njala University, Sierra Leone), Dr. John Ganle (University of Ghana), Dr. Grace Akello (Gulu University, Uganda)

The scale of the EVD epidemic in the West African countries has been unprecedented. Lack of trust in medicine has been identified as one of the major factors in the scientific literature, in media reports, and global health discourses, which accelerated the spread of EVD and posed a central challenge to the Ebola response. Our project investigates the social, medical, and historical conditions of the formation of trust in medicine in African contexts. Taking the EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone as our empirical starting point, we conduct a comprehensive case study of trust in medicine in Sierra Leone, a site of prolonged EVD epidemic and radical insecurity. This will be complemented by studies in Uganda and Ghana, evaluating previous experiences of short-term EVD outbreaks (Uganda) and recent preparedness interventions in a neighboring country (Ghana). In these three country case studies we analyze how and to what extent trust is built in health service delivery. We ask how trust relations have been shaped by the EVD outbreak, how trust is being (re)built in health service delivery after the EVD epidemic, and to what extent trust forms the social basis for epidemic preparedness. Comparing individual and collective experiences of the institutionalization of care in Sierra Leone with Uganda and Ghana enables us to produce a systematic and in-depth analysis of trust in contexts of radical insecurity and poverty. Such an analysis grounded in the lived everyday realities in African countries is urgently needed in order to devise culturally appropriate and locally accepted epidemic preparedness measures. 

Funded by the German Research Foundation, 2016 - 2019

 

Translating Global Health Technologies: Standardisation and organisational learning in health care provision in Uganda and Rwanda 

with Prof. Dr. Richard Rottenburg (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg), Dr. René Umlauf (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg) and Arlena Liggins (Bayreuth University)

The project focuses on the translation of global health technologies into new contexts. Trajectories of technologies are analysed as a bidirectional process affecting the users and simultaneously altering the technologies and their capacities on their way to become institutionalized. The concept of translation helps us to contest and overcome conventional notions of technology transfer and social engineering. In this phase of the project (phase III, 2015 - 2018) we are focusing on accounting procedures and testing practices underlying and emerging out of processes of organisational learning. This will allow us to better capture the complex interplay between the use of technologies (e.g. rapid diagnostic tests) and medical data production (information and communication technologies). Focusing on interstitial spaces makes it possible not only to compare different types of organisational learning, but also to link these back to our research results of the last phases (phase I and II, 2011 - 2015). The merging of accounting studies with approaches of the sociology of testing generates new insights into the (analytical) differentiation between “good” and “bad” translations. This will significantly contribute to the priority program’s overarching aim: clarify the role of technologies in the production of order and disorder in Africa.

 http://www.spp1448.de/projects/translating-global-health-technologies

Funded by the German Research Foundation, 2015 - 2018

Mitgliedschaften

Ich bin Associate Editor der Fachzeitschrift Science as Culture

Ich bin Gründungsmitglied und Mitherausgeberin des Open Access Buchverlags Mattering Press http://www.matteringpress.org Mattering Press ist eine experimentelle Buchverlags-Plattform, die zum Ziel hat die Erreichbarkeit von akademischen Bücher im Bereich Science and Technology Studies zu fördern. Gemeinsam mit anderen Open Access Initiativen beginnt Mattering Press die sozialen und materiellen Verhältnisse rund um die Produktion von akademischen Büchern in Frage zu stellen und neu zu gestalten.

Ich bin assoziiertes Mitglied der Law, Organisation, Science and Technology (LOST) Forschungsgruppe: http://www.lost-research-group.org/ 

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Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

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