UCLA Ed & IS Co-Sponsors New Journal on Latin American Science, Technology and Society

Professor Sandra Harding helps to disseminate scholarly perspectives from Latin America.

Sandra Harding, Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA’s Department of Education, has taken part in founding a new open access journal: Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society. The journal is created through affiliations with the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) and the Associación Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia (ESOCITE), as well as with sponsorship from the Universidad de Las Americas Puebla in Mexico and UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, Latin American Institute, and Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. UCLA Professor of Education Teresa McCarty is a member of the journal’s International Advisory Board.

Professor Harding says that Tapuya will enable a network of innovative conversations within Latin America, between Latin America and Euro-American cultures, and across global peripheries, with respect to the complexity of the STS landscape, examining issues, perspectives and methods most relevant to Latin America.

Tapuya seeks to explore the diversity and richness of Latin American STS issues, perspectives and research methods. It also will examine the many creative flows of influence that exist between Latin America and Euro-American cultures,” she says, “and will make Latin America a subject of global STS knowledge, instead of only the local object of other peoples’ knowledge. This project is increasingly widely recognized, in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, as overdue.”

The journal’s name is derived from the Quechua word “tapuy,” which means knowers who question. Harding reveals how the word has many additional meanings that aptly describe the publication’s purpose.

“ ‘Tapuy’ also refers to how the conquistadors who had adopted the language of the Tupi-Guarani to communicate with the Indians, didn’t speak it well,” she says. “Moreover, these were the Indians who were figured as the purported Brazilian cannibals. In the 1928 publication of Manifesto Antropofago (Cannibal Manifesto, in English), the Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade used the metaphor of cannibalism to represent Brazilians greatest strength in their anti-colonial relations with European cultures. The Brazilians ‘ate up’ European cultures, creatively producing from these resources distinctive and powerful anti-colonial Brazilian cultures. The journal title invites all of these meanings to its projects.”

Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society was launched in early September at 4S, and will also be featured at several ESOCITE conferences.

For a look at Tapuya, click here.

To submit to the journal, click here.


Photo by Emily Harding-Morick