Knowledge Interfaces: Kruiekenners, plants and healing in Genadendal
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This thesis was informed by what I perceived to be a tense relationship between Western biomedical science and, for example, “traditional” or “indigenous” ways of producing knowledge about medicinal plants used to manage a pervasive condition like Tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa. Hoping to reimagine this relationship and its possibilities, I follow medicinal plants collected from Genadendal through three research spaces with disparate but intertwined knowledge heritages to investigate these tensions but also to tease out how knowledge about locally used medicinal plants is generated and “done” in practice. The first space was at the South African Herbal Science and Medicines Institute (SAHMI) as part of an experiential science project led by scientists who were interested in studying medicinal plants which could potentially provide new sources of safe, affordable, and sustainable medicine for communicable conditions such as TB.