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Dr Branwyn Poleykett

Visual Plague, Researcher

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Research Interests

Branwyn’s research focuses on the historical and anthropological study of science, public health, and medical research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her PhD thesis examined the postcolonial history of the sanitary regulation of commercial sex work in Dakar, Senegal. Before joining CRASSH Branwyn worked with the Anthropologies of African Biosciences research group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her postdoctoral research project was based on fieldwork conducted in Tanzania and Uganda and examined the connections between the postcolonial Africanisation of scientific research and contemporary arrangements of transnational scientific capacity building. Taking the practical field course as an archive of scientific practice and global health in Africa, the project explored how different capacities in science are gained, distributed, experienced, and lived through time.

As a researcher on the Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic project Branwyn will collect and analyse visual materials relating to plague in Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Madagascar and Angola.