University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Indirect Costs of Partnership

Johanna Crane, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Washington-Bothell, presents “The Indirect Costs of Partnership: Administrative Labor and African Invisibility in Global Health Science” as part of the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies Visiting Lecture Series.

Crane focuses her ethnographic work on the complexities of “global health partnerships” between African and U.S. universities. “Whether it is conducted in a remote community, an urban hospital, or an industrial laboratory, I believe that ethnography has the special ability to link rich, descriptive accounts of everyday life and commonplace practices to broader social, political, and economic phenomena,” she writes on her faculty website. “Making this connection between lived experience and regional, national, and global contexts lies at the core of my approach to both teaching and research.”
Cornell University Press published her 2013 book, “Scrambling for Africa: AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science.” The Cornell website describes the book like this:”Countries in sub-Saharan Africa were once dismissed by Western experts as being too poor and chaotic to benefit from the antiretroviral drugs that transformed the AIDS epidemic in the United States and Europe. Today, however, the region is courted by some of the most prestigious research universities in the world as they search for “resource-poor” hospitals in which to base their international HIV research and global health programs. In Scrambling for Africa, Johanna Tayloe Crane reveals how, in the space of merely a decade, Africa went from being a continent largely excluded from advancements in HIV medicine to an area of central concern and knowledge production within the increasingly popular field of global health science.”