Shepherding Science & Technology Studies Beyond Matthew and Matilda

Rayvon Fouché*

*Corresponding author for this work

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From the perspective of a scholar invested in understanding how racial politics influence the ways technoscientific artifacts, practices, and knowledge continually reshapemultiple social configurations, I find Dr. Hofmänner's paper to be a welcome and important contribution. By moving beyond Robert K. Merton's Matthew Effect andMargaret W. Rossiter's Matilda Effect to interrogate the manner in which Western ways of thinking historically dominate flows of scientific knowledge production, Hofmänner'sessay shifts and refocuses the collective analytical lens of Science & Technology Studies to acknowledge and accept the roles that Africa-materially, conceptually, andmetaphorically-has played and will play in the production of regimes of scientific truth,authenticity, and expertise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-297
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • African Eve Effect
  • Anthropological dimension of science
  • Frontiers of science
  • Imaginative geographies
  • Reward systems of science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology


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