Track chairs

  • Tegawendé F. Bissyandé (tegawende.bissyande[at], Université du Luxembourgh,Luxembourgh)
  • Munyaradzi Mawere (munyaradzimawerem[at], Great Zimbabwe University,Zimbabwe)
  • Gertjan van Stam (gertjan[at], Scientific and Industrial R&D Centre, Zimbabwe)

 Overview of the Research area

Africa was the nursery of science and literature. Pilgrimages were made to Africa in search of knowledge by such eminent persons as Solomon, Plato, Pythagoras; and several came to listen to the instructions of the African Euclid, who was at the head of the most celebrated mathematical school in the world and who flourished 300 years BC.

African thought has its basis in humanity, where human interaction is signified by communications with each other. Western instrumentation has outsourced these discussions, where artificial machines do our thinking and speaking. In orality, embodied knowledge is transferred using example and phased - taking into account age, etc. - in society. Such an approach to express knowledge aligns with the idea that living involves conversing with, to make sense to other people and ourselves, in community.

For this track, we encourage contributions in the field of computing and society, explicitly embedded in African, indigenous thought. Papers are invited to show how African views, for instance, embedded in African indigenous wisdom (ubuntu), orality, and communal principles of sharing inform perspectives on southern-driven research and development of computers in the local context. The track aims to provide insights and inputs to inform the conference about a drive ‘from the South’, focussing on the sensitisation, implementation and use of computers in African society.

 Exemplar topics and types of contributions looked-for

Topics of interest to the track include, but are not limited to:

  • Philosophy of Science and Engineering, e.g. discussing the philosophical basis of ICTs in Africa.
  • Community Networks, and their embedding in African society.
  • Communications networks and information architectures in Africa.
  • Research, methodologies and impacts in African environments.
  • White Space and other African initiated technologies in Africa.
  • Examples of South-North cooperation.
  • Social Implications of Computers, e.g. the social consequences of introduction of ICTs.
  • Preservation of Cultural Heritage and ICTs.
  • Decolonization of ubiquitous computing.