Hebe Vessuri

Member of the 2021 Elections Committee

Hebe Vessuri, a social anthropologist (D.Phil.Oxon.), taught social studies of science and technology in numerous universities between 1966 and 2013, including Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.; Victoria  University (Vancouver Island), and Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (Canada); National University of Tucumán (Argentina); Central University of Venezuela, Caracas (Venezuela); State University of Campinas, Campinas (Brazil); Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico), but the major period was spent at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research in Caracas, leaving in 2010 as an Emeritus Professor.

She is currently collaborating researcher of the Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental (CIGA-UNAM, Mexico), visiting lecturer in Argentine universities, and lives in Buenos Aires. She has contributed to the emergence and consolidation of the field of social studies of science and technology in Latin America. Her research focus is on science in world peripheries, with emphasis in the Latin American region, the dilemmas of participation/social exclusion and expert knowledge, and the interface between higher education, scientific research and autochthonous or traditional knowledge.

Hebe was awarded the 2017 Houssay Prize to the Trajectory in the field of Human Sciences, from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, Buenos Aires, and the John D. Bernal 2017 Prize to Distinguished Contribution, from the Society for the Social Study of Science (4S) Boston. She has belonged to the Council of United Nations University in Tokyo in 2004-2010; was Vice-President of the UNESCO Committee on Ethics of Science and Technology (COMEST), and belonged to several scientific committees of international programs, such as the ICSU Planning and Review Committee, IHDP of ISSC, INTECH-UNU, IRGC.

She is or has been associated to the editorial boards of several international journals like Science, Technology & Society; Industry & Higher Education; Interciencia; Redes,and has been general editor of Educación Superior y Sociedad, published by UNESCO- IESALC. Author of more than three hundred scientific works, among her books are Vessuri H & M Kuhn (eds.). The global social science world – under and beyond ‘Western’ universalism. Ibidem, Stuttgart (2016); Vessuri & Canino (eds.) La otra, el mismo. Mujeres en la ciencia y la tecnología en Venezuela. Caracas. Editorial El perro y la rana (2016); Kuhn & Vessuri (eds.) Some Contributions to Alternative Concepts of Knowledge. Ibidem, Stuttgart (2016); Vessuri & Bocco (eds.) Conocimiento, Paisaje y Territorio. Procesos de cambio individual y colectivo. UNPA, -CIGA/UNAM, CENPAT / CONICET, UNRN, Rio Gallegos (2016); Kreimer, Vessuri, Velho & Arellano (eds.) “Perspectivas latinoamericanas en el estudio social de la Ciencia, la Tecnología”. Editorial Siglo XXI, México (2014); Vessuri Igualdad y jerarquía en Antajé. IDES/ Editorial Al Margen, Buenos Aires (2011); Vessuri “O inventamos o erramos”. La ciencia como idea-fuerza en América Latina, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (2010); Vessuri Conocimiento, Desarrollo y Ambiente (Reflexiones), Ediciones Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Ciencia y la Tecnología, Caracas (2008); Vessuri & Teichler (eds.) Universities as Centres of Research and Knowledge Creation: An Endangered Species? Sense Publishers. Rotterdam (2008); Sörlin  & Vessuri (eds.) Knowledge Society vs Knowledge Economy. Knowledge, Power, & Politics. IAU/UNESCO/Palgrave. Nueva York (2007). Among her papers are: 2020, with L Rodriguez Medina. Personal bonds in the internationalization of the social sciences: a view from the periphery. International Journal of Sociology; 2019. Provincializing STS? A View from Latin America: A note on Workshop. Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology & Society, 1-9. DOI: 10.1177/0971721819873205; 2019  with Laya. The scientists of the IVIC in the evolution of science and technology policy during the Chávez administration in Venezuela. Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society doi.org/10.1080/25729861.2019.1616953; 2019 Crises that mismatch canons in science: provincialization, transnationality, conviviality? Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society; 2019 Las culturas de la ciencia. Una aproximación a su estudio desde América Latina. Ciencia e Investigación Reseñas. Asociación Argentina para el Progreso de la Ciencia, Buenos Aires. February.

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