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Africa as a Living LaboratoryEmpire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge, 1870-1950$
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Helen Tilley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226803463

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226803487.001.0001

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A Development Laboratory

A Development Laboratory

The African Research Survey, the Machinery of Knowledge, and Imperial Coordination

(p.69) Chapter Two A Development Laboratory
Africa as a Living Laboratory
University of Chicago Press

This chapter reports the story of the origins and fortunes of the African Research Survey. The conception of the African Survey emerged from a series of conferences held at Oxford University to coincide with the Rhodes Memorial Lectures. The African Survey's emphasis on science and its desire for colonial reform were the common threads that held the project together during its many transformations. The institute's redirection had as much to do with “watertight” compartments of knowledge as it did with institutional and personal politics. The creation of the Scientific Sub-Committee formalized what had already been a two-tiered structure in the African Survey's organization. Generally, throughout its execution, the African Survey's leadership were bound to their original objective of developing a “permanent scheme of research” that could add to the study and management of Africa's imperial problems.

Keywords:   African Research Survey, African Survey, Science in Africa, Capital Investment, colonial reform, imperial problems

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