Ann Kelly

Lecturer (Anthropology), Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter

With AAB – 2007 to present

My work focuses on the practices of medical research and scientific production, with special attention to the built environment, material artefacts, and practical labours of experimentation in sub-Saharan Africa. My ethnographic research has often been intertwined with medical interventions and disease control projects, which has given me the opportunity to reflect on the relevance of anthropological insights and methods for public health. These collaborations have inspired a number of conceptual questions, ranging from notions of experimental value, the role of ignorance and memory in the sciences, the problematic of disentanglement in human/nonhuman encounters, or the scale of political participation and the configuration of publics in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Throughout this work I combine ethnographic research with historical and archival work to explore how African locales operate as objects of knowledge and as sites of social transformation.