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<D-JEATER@wpg.uwe.ac.uk> SCIENCE AND SOCIETY IN SOUTHERN AFRICA Conference to be held at the University of Sussex, UK September 1998. CALL FOR PAPERS Much recent research into the dominant ideologies of the southern African region shows how policies have drawn on scientific ideas and institutions. To mention only a few examples: medical professionals and ideas about disease have been explored in the making of urban segregation; psychology and anthropology have been investigated in relation to ideas about race and intelligence; botany and the natural sciences in the emergence of conservationist policies and the sphere of rural planning and rehabilitation. What are the attractions of scientific discourse for policy makers? How have scientists conceived of their role as professionals and public figures? How can one understand the relationship between science, conceived of as the embodiment of universal and rational knowledge, and its articulation and resonance in particular historical contexts? We propose to examine the deployment of scientific discourse in the formation and contestation of dominant ideologies and policies in the subcontinent. Issues of particular concern include: * the role of science in the making of national identities; * the professionalisation of scientific enquiry; * the place of scientific ideas in political and literary discourse; * conflicts between metropolitan scientific ideas and local knowledge; * the notion of the `moving metropolis' and the emergence of distinctive southern African approaches; * the generation and dissemination of scientific ideas. It is hoped that the conference will thereby bring clearer focus and coherence to debates about the relationship between the development of science and modernity in the region as well as the complex influence of scientific ideas in the context of socially and racially divided colonial societies. We envisage that the conference will be held at the University of Sussex in September 1998. Brief paper proposals (of about 150 words) are invited by the conference organisers: Saul Dubow and Diana Jeater. Please send these by JANUARY 30 1998. It is anticipated that the conference will be restricted to paper-givers only and that publication of a selection of papers will follow soon after. Saul Dubow School of African and Asian Studies University of Sussex Brighton BN1 9RH, UK + 44 (0) 1273 606755 (phone) + 44 (0) 1273 623572 (fax) email@example.com (email) Diana Jeater School of History University of the West of England St Matthias Campus Bristol BS16 2JP, UK + 44 (0) 117 965 5384 x4384(phone) + 44 (0) 117 975 0402 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org (email)