Silvia Waisse: "Oral History and History of Science: The Case of Modern Chemistry in Brazil"
- Date: –15:00
- Location: Engelska parken - The Rausing Room
- Organiser: Department of History of Science and Ideas
- Contact person: H. Otto Sibum
Office for History of Science
Silvia Waisse, PUC Sao Paulo: "Oral History and History of Science: The Case of Modern Chemistry in Brazil"
Oral history developed in Latin America together with the process of redemocratization that followed a long period of military dictatorships that ended in the beginning of the 1980s. Oral history is not merely a technique for data collection, but a fully autonomous field of studies with its own epistemological and methodological assumptions. For about ten years a multidisciplinary group of investigators at Center Simão Mathias of Studies in History of Science (CESIMA) have been addressing the early institutionalization of chemistry in Brazil. The main hypothesis underlying this project is that the life stories of scientists together with their formal production might contribute to understand the paths drawn and followed by a young scientific community. We were also able to trace down how the results of the scientists’ work continuously shaped and reshaped definite identities that gave a new face not only to historiography, but also to epistemological and methodological thinking on scientific knowledge.