I Was Still Black When He Gave Me 200k: Transnational Frictions, Class, and the Tech Entrepreneurial Life

February 17th, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Please join the Center for African Studies and Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab for a workshop discussion of a chapter from Dr. Seyram Avle’s book manuscript tentatively titled Working Out the Dual Sublime: Tech Entrepreneurship in the Era of Global Precarity. Drawing on a decade of research with Ghanaian tech entrepreneurs and their collaborators across Africa, China, Europe, and Silicon Valley, the book unpacks how the unending belief in entrepreneurialism and digital technologies as emancipatory tools of contemporary life sustain multiple labors, future imaginaries, opportunities, and paradoxes of living in uncertain times. The selected chapter focuses on class frictions as tech entrepreneurs try to court global capital and establish national markets. Specifically, through an account of a Ghanaian – British startup that relocates to Ghana, Avle examines the transnational limits of social class in late capitalism and shows how race, geopolitics, and stubborn colonial legacies complicate hopeful solidarities forged around class. 

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  • Seyram Avle - Assistant Professor of Global Digital Media in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst