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Jules Skotnes-Brown

PhD student

College: Christ's
Supervisor: Richard Staley, Jim Secord
Thesis topic: Capitalising, cleansing, and conserving Southern African Nature: Field laboratories, Organisms, medicine, and animal-economics in 1890s-1930s southern Africa
Research interests: cultural histories of science and medicine, environmental history, science communication, African history, 'non-western science', museums and exhibitions

I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) in 2015, and graduated with an MSc in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the University of Oxford in 2017. I study histories of the life sciences in southern Africa, c. 1890s-1930s with a focus on the relationship between wild animals, pest control, agriculture, zoonotic diseases, and industrialisation. I am particularly interested in how tensions between indigenous African expertise, settler knowledge, and professional science were negotiated in the study, control, and commodification of wild animals and environments.