Scholars working on the history of science in Latin America have largely considered science and technology within “tales of foreign technological and ideological domination” and “inadequate imitation.” As a consequence, the history of science in Latin America has been told largely in terms of underdevelopment, passivity, and cultural and economic dependence. Yet new research offers a fresh perspective by no longer being limited by the “what went wrong” question that dominated inquiry from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Historians of Latin American science now face many of the same challenges than general historians of science and their work now concerns mainstream questions in the field. This workshop will operate under the premise that differences between the history and philosophy of science in Latin America and in European and North American settings have diminished in terms of themes and methodology. The purpose of this conference, then, is to set aside the older agenda of marginal, national, or salvage history. Instead, we are keen to delineate common themes which cut across the field of history of science in the Americas. The conference is addressed to scholars who are interested in the history of science and technology as well as in international relations, particularly in scientific and technological exchanges, especially of the United States and/with Latin America. It will also prove of interest for “Americanists,” who are engaged in the study of the cultural, political and economical aspects of international exchanges in the Continent. Officials involved in scientific and technological policy and/or international relations, both in the public and private sectors, will find within the conference an opportunity for enhancing their comprehension of the dynamics of technoscientific exchanges.
Convenors: Jimena Canales, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University Alexis De Greiff A., Departamento de Sociología/Centro de Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá Peter Galison, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University Diana Obregón, Departamento de Historia/Centro de Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá
June 1st, 2007, 8:45am — 6:00pm Room 469, Department for the History of Science, Harvard University. Video-transmitted to the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (at Bogotá) and to the UNAM