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Thandeka Cochrane

Dr Thandeka Cochrane

Research Associate

Research interests

  • International development
  • History
  • Biomedical and life sciences

Biography

Thandeka is a Research Associate on the Cartographies of Cancer project at King's. She completed her PhD in 2020 in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University, studying libraries, literacy and children's stories in rural Malawi.

Born and raised in South Africa, she moved to Europe in 2012 to undertake an MPhil in Intellectual History at Cambridge, followed by an MSc in Social Anthropology at the university of Amsterdam.

She has run and founded multiple societies and projects in South Africa, and has been involved in various development and research projects in the region.

Research

  • Social anthropology and medical anthropology
  • Science and technology studies
  • The history and philosophy of science
  • Social and cultural history
  • Colonialism and post-colonialism
  • Southern and eastern Africa
  • Education, literacy, early literacy and childhood education
  • Epistemologies

Thandeka's current research focuses cancer registries in Africa. For this project, she is conducting archival research in London on the colonial history of cancer registries in Africa and the British Empire Cancer Campaign. She will conduct two months' fieldwork at the Cancer Registry in Nairobi, Kenya where she will study the production of cancer data.

The project explores questions of public health imaginaries and the accompanying socio-technical infrastructures that emerge in the creation of cancer registries. It explores the colonial emergence and entanglement of cancer registries in Africa and the knowledges and discourses these produced.

Further details

See Thandeka's research profile

    Research

    CWP6
    Spatialities and Networks of Cancer

    The Spatialities and Networks of Cancer research cluster examines historically and ethnographically practices that spatialize cancer. Working across the North and the South, our research pays particular attention to South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

    Events

    07JunPhoto Credit: Petr Pavlicek/IAEA

    The political stakes of cancer: New contexts, new subjectivities

    This workshop will be the first step in building a global network of early career researchers working on cancer in new contexts and with new subjectivities.

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      CWP6
      Spatialities and Networks of Cancer

      The Spatialities and Networks of Cancer research cluster examines historically and ethnographically practices that spatialize cancer. Working across the North and the South, our research pays particular attention to South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

      Events

      07JunPhoto Credit: Petr Pavlicek/IAEA

      The political stakes of cancer: New contexts, new subjectivities

      This workshop will be the first step in building a global network of early career researchers working on cancer in new contexts and with new subjectivities.

      Please note: this event has passed.