How are virtual resources transforming the ways
East Africans experience health and social change?

What is a Humanities Lab?

The first of its kind at the University of Kansas, we are a humanities-based “lab” comprised of Africanist faculty and Kiswahili students. Our lab offers a new model for research that emphasizes an interdisciplinary team approach to the study of pressing global social problems. Our lab is working to make a meaningful contribution to the Community Tool Box by engaging with the following questions: How do East African communities use digital technologies and resources to meet local demands? What are the social implications of translation and localization projects in digital health initiatives? How does one create Kiswahili models that reflect multicultural perspectives on health and development? How do we integrate ongoing research projects across sub-Saharan Africa with the Community Tool Box?
Workshops

Hands-on instruction covering diverse research methodologies, including digital tools and techniques, as well as critical thinking about the research process.

Proseminar

Exploration of critical modes of inquiry for both undergraduate and graduate students using case studies in global health and medical humanities.

Field School

Summer fieldwork opportunities with a Tanzanian NGO concerned with issues of child health and development. Open to all Lab faculty and students.

Conference

Public unveiling of new contributions to the Community Tool Box within the context of a broader discussion among scholars and practitioners.

Each year, more than six million people from around the world access the Community Tool Box, a website created by University of Kansas researchers that provides a step-by-step guide for those seeking to improve the conditions that shape health and well-being in their communities.

Our Team

Kathryn Rhine
Kathryn Rhine
Co-Director
Associate Professor
Anthropology
Elizabeth MacGonagle
Elizabeth MacGonagle
Co-Director
Associate Professor
History
Peter Ojiambo
Peter Ojiambo
Co-Director
Associate Professor
African & African-American Studies
Cécile Accilien
Cécile Accilien
Associate Professor
African & African-American Studies
Glenn Adams
Glenn Adams
Professor
Psychology
Hannah Britton
Hannah Britton
Associate Professor
Political Science
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Abel Chikanda
Abel Chikanda
Assistant Professor
Geography and Atmospheric Science
African/African American Studies
Musa Wakhungu Olaka
Musa Wakhungu Olaka
Librarian
African Studies
Global & International Studies
Emily Riley
Emily Riley
Assistant Director
Kansas African Studies Center
John Cormier
John Cormier
Undergraduate Student
Mariah Crystal
Mariah Crystal
Graduate Student
Samantha Dawson
Samantha Dawson
Graduate Student
Paeten Denning
Paeten Denning
L2 Law Student
http://collab.ku.edu/staff#denning
Macie Rouse
Macie Rouse
Undergraduate Student
Eric Splavec
Eric Splavec
Undergraduate Student
Sierra Upton
Sierra Upton
Graduate Student