© 2019 SEYRAM AVLE

RESEARCH 

I study the situated practices and discourses of digital technology culture and innovation in and from the global south.

 

One line of research examines the various ways that digital technologies are designed, produced, used, and distributed transnationally in the global south. Thus far, this work has focused on tech entrepreneurship, making, innovation culture, and transnational collaborations between African and Chinese entrepreneurs. I'm currently working on a book about tech entrepreneurship in Ghana. 

 

Another line of research focuses on the intersections of old and new media, specifically the evolution and implications of ‘networked radio' in places like Ghana. I've also recently started looking at ways that media and tech workers in the global south use digital tools like WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, WeChat, etc. 

In general, I take a critical approach towards making sense of ongoing shifts in digital culture and innovation, as well as their social, cultural, and political implications for global south media and tech workers living in Africa, China, and the US. 

My research has has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ProQuest, the University of Michigan, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

In addition to my scholarly work, I am co-founder and editor of Tech + Africa, an online publication focused on telling stories of tech entrepreneurs, makers, and funders in and from Africa. 

Keywords: tech entrepreneurship, digital technology, innovation, design, production, Africa, China, networked radio

PROJECTS

TECH ENTREPRENEURSHIP & TRANSNATIONAL INNOVATION
APPS IN THE SOUTH
NETWORKED RADIO
THE GLOBAL TECHNOCLASS