International Symposium: Biomedical Technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lisbon, March 24-25, 2014

Organised by Viola Hörbst, Trudie Gerrits, Celeste Quintino, Cristiana Bastos, Inês Faria and Giulia Cavallo

Hosted by Center for African Studies (CEAF), School for Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP),  and Institute of Social Sciences (ICS), University of Lisbon

Provisional Program

Monday – March 24, 2014 (ISCSP Auditorium)

9:30-10:00 Welcome words : President of ISCSP; Celeste Quintino (CEAF-ISCSP), Cristiana Bastos (ICS-Ulisboa), Trudie Gerrits (University of Amsterdam), Viola Hörbst (CEAF-ISCSP)

10:00-10.45 Key note lecture
Global Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Continuing Challenges
Marcia Inhorn (Yale University)

Panel 1 (Bio)technologies and communication
Chair: Celeste Quintino (CEAF-ISCSP)

11:15-11.45 Mobile phones as therapeutic technology: digitally-mediated healing and transformation in Africa
Kate Hampshire (Durham University)

11:45-12:15 Fertility and medically assisted procreation: forms of exchange and relationships between patients via forums and blogs in South Africa
Emmanuelle Simon and Brigitte Simonnot (University of Lorraine)

12.15-12.45 Determinants of telemedicine use in Senegal: a proposal
Birama Apho Ly (University of Ottawa)

12:45-13:00 Discussion

Panel 2 Travelling (bio)technologies
Chair: Susana Garcia (CAPP-ISCSP)

14:00-14:30 Arts in Sub-Saharan Africa: mobility of providers
Viola Hörbst (CEAF-ISCSP)

14:30-15:00 ARTs in Sub-Saharan Africa: mobility, experiences and views of users
Trudie Gerrits (University of Amsterdam)

15:00-15:30 Celebrations of life and technologies of survival: reproductive health care in time of HIV/AIDS, Botswana
Astrid Bochow (Constance and Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)

15:30-15.45 Discussion

Panel 3 Biotechnologies and their appropriation and perceptions by users
Chair: Catarina Casanova (CEAF-ISCSP)

16:15-16:45 Rapid diagnostic tests for malaria: technological innovation in political and social contexts
Eleanor Hutchinson (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

16:45-17:15 The use of Viagra (sildenafil citrate) among young men in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Rosaljin Both (University of Amsterdam)

17:15-17:45 Hiding or hospitalizing? On dilemmas of pregnancy management in East Cameroon
Erica Van der Sijpt (University of Amsterdam)

17.45-18.00 Discussion

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (ICS)

9:15-10:00 Key note lecture
The social life of medical technology in Africa and the example of hygienic toilets
Sjaak Van der Geest (University of Amsterdam)

Panel 4 Perceptions and narratives around biotechnologies
Chair: João Vasconcelos (ICS-Ulisboa)

10:30-11:00 Cellular dis-positions: conversations about genetic and spiritual inheritance in a West African fertility clinic
Maya Masola (Brown University)

11:00-11:30 Sociodemographic, religious and ethnic influences and the willingness to donate organs: Portuguese dialogues with immigrants from Africa
Clara Saraiva, Violeta Alarcão, Max Ramos (CRIA Lisbon)

11:30-12:00 Biomedicine, religion and uncertainty: childlessness and infertility healing in Maputo, Mozambique
Inês Faria and Giulia Cavallo (CEAF-ISCSP)

12.00-12.30 Discussion

13:30-14:30 Closing Session: Marcia Inhorn and Cristiana Bastos
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