Mediathek Event
Apr 5, 2022
A Dialogue on Systemic Racism in Science and Its Institutions

Moderator: Cheryl Schmitz (MPIWG)

How has science been predicated on erasures and untruths? How do our institutions contribute to exclusion and silencing, rather than trustful exchange or collaboration? Part of our 2021–2022 Institute’s Colloquium series Trusting Science, this event addresses these critical questions through a dialogue between science, technology, and society (STS) scholar Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, author of The Mobile Workshop: the Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production, and historian and legal scholar Helen Tilley, author of Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge. Considering personal experiences of mistrust and marginalization as integral to knowledge-making, we reflect on racism in science and its institutions, and ask the key question: what is to be done?


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Zoom/Online Meeting Platform


This event is part of the MPIWG's Institute's Colloquium 2021–22 series "Trusting Science," which seeks to explore this topic from interdisciplinary, transnational, and longue durée perspectives. Learn more about the series here.


A Dialogue on Systemic Racism in Science and Its Institutions