CHANELLE ADAMS

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Chanelle Adams approaches her research as a hybridization of history, the biological sciences, poetry and STS theory. During her undergraduate studies at Brown, she researched epistemologies of Malagasy healing with a focus on the circulation and use of plant materials in Madagascar. Chanelle launched a feminist web platform, Bluestockings magazine, after which she became Managing Editor at Black Girl Dangerous. In 2017 she accepted a Fulbright Fellowship and enrolled at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales where she completed a Masters in comparative social sciences. Currently she is doing archival work in the herbarium of Marseille’s Colonial Museum with specific attention to the materials of Madagascar’s pharmacopoeia.


PUBLICATIONS
  • “Pharmacie gasy: The neocolonial insturmentalization of toxicity to discredit healing in Madagascar,” for The Funambulist issue on Toxic Atmospheres October, 2017.

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  • “Devenir Materia Medica: le Musée colonial de Marseille, Dr. Heckel et la construction de la valeur des matériaux médico-botaniques malgaches (1893-1916),” Master’s Thesis, Program of Research in Comparative Social Sciences, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, September 8, 2017.
  • “Epistemic Landscape Of Northern Madagascar Across Values and Meaning,” Honors Thesis, Program of Science & Technology Studies at Brown University, December 5, 2015.

SELECTED GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
  • Fulbright Grant Extension for Independent Research (Franco-American Commission) 2017
  • “Devenir Materia Medica: le Musée colonial de Marseille, Dr. Heckel et la construction de la valeur des matériaux médico-botaniques malgaches (1893-1916),” Master’s Thesis, Program of Research in Comparative Social Sciences, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, September 8, 2017.
  • “Epistemic Landscape Of Northern Madagascar Across Values and Meaning,” Honors Thesis, Program of Science & Technology Studies at Brown University, December 5, 2015.

INVITED TALKS & PRESENTATIONS
  • “Paradise​ ​in​ ​Peril:​ ​​​The​ ​Moral​ ​Values​ ​of​ ​Environmental Conservation​ ​in​ ​Madagascar​ ​From​ ​1894​ ​to​ ​2017,” paper for “Moving Beyond Paternalism: Supplicants, Saviors and the Politics of Anti-Slavery and Anti-Trafficking in Africa” at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 29 to December 1, 2017.
  • “The politics of pharmacy-gasy in Madagascar,” recorded in Paris for The Funambulist Podcast on March 14, 2017.

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  • “Epistemic Landscape Of Northern Madagascar Across Values and Meaning,” Honors Thesis, Program of Science & Technology Studies at Brown University, December 5, 2015.
  • “Gender, health, commodity, and trust: Marketplace of pharmacie gasy in Diego-Suarez, Madagascar,” presentation at Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, June 2016.
  • “Researching With/Through Community: Cognitive justice for medico-botanical practitioners in Northern Madagascar” invited presentation for undergraduate Brown University Africana seminar “Activist Scholarship: Research and Writing for Social Change” at Brown University on March 14, 2016.

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