Langdon Winner’s Intellectual Trajectory and Political Engagement: A Latin-American Perspective from Ecuador

  • María Belén Albornoz FLACSO | Fairwork


In the 2020 Prague Virtual Conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Langdon Winner was awarded the society’s John D. Bernal Prize jointly with Sharon Traweek. The Bernal Prize is awarded annually to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of STS. Prize recipients include founders of the field of STS, along with outstanding scholars who have devoted their careers to the understanding of the social dimensions of science and technology. This response to Winner’s Bernal lecture considers his legacy beyond the US. The author traces Winner’s influence in Ecuador and Latin America more generally through a tracing back of Winner's politea which draws on Plato’s technē as a model for understanding inherently political artifacts.

Author Biography

María Belén Albornoz, FLACSO | Fairwork

María Belén Albornoz is a Professor and Researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Ecuador). She is the Principal Investigator of the Fairwork Project in Ecuador, Coordinator of the PhD Program on Public Policy, and Coordinator of the Science, Technology and Society Laboratory (CTS-LAB). She serves as President of the Ecuadorian Society for Social Studies, as Council Member of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), and as Board Member of the Society for the Studies of New and Emerging Technologies (S.NET).

05 Oct 2021