The archaeology of political corruption in Nigeria

Nigerian flag, painted on a wall

The research of Arno Boenner focuses on political corruption in Nigeria, widely regarded as a major issue. The analysis of this topic, however, often neglects to explore the role played by imperialism. Dr Boenner considers whether there is a causal connection between colonialism and political corruption, before offering an ethics based form of governance as a potential solution. By applying […]

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1001 Inventions: 1001 Distortions of Islamic history of sciences

Map of the constellations by Andreas Cellarius

Associate Professor (a.D.) Sonja Brentjes, from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, examines historical narratives on scholarly activities in non-Western societies of the past and their distortions. She published 1001 Distortions. How (not) to Narrate History of Science, Medicine and Technology in Non-Western Cultures in response to the many misrepresentations of history and science in the 2012 […]

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Transnational research capacity building: whose standards count?

Transnational research capacity building: whose standards count?

  Background Research capacity building projects are transnational projects funded by a donor in the Global North, targeting universities in the Global South. Inevitably, these projects are embedded in various types of coloniality, as revealed by the capacity-building discourse itself. We offer a view from the Global North, by drawing on our own experiences of such projects and on a […]

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