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Regula Valérie Burri

Regula Valérie Burri

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Regula Valérie Burri is a Professor in science and technology studies (STS) at HafenCity University (HCU) Hamburg, Germany. Her research interests focus on the social, political, and cultural implications of science and technology, and involve topics like (visual) knowledge and the intersections of science and art, cultures of science and technology, and the governance of science and technology.

Regula is the founder of artLAB, an experimental research and teaching format involving art practice. She has been a co-director of a postgraduate program on artistic research in Hamburg. Recently, she was a visiting professor at University of Vienna´s Department of Science and Technology Studies.

Regula received her PhD from Technical University Berlin (with honors). After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Bern, and an art degree at fhnw Basel, she was a Swiss National Science Foundation research fellow at EHESS and Collège de France, Paris, at TU Berlin and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT, and a fellow in the Program on Science, Technology & Society at Harvard Kennedy School. She was a member of the gradutate school and a postdoctoral research associate at Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zurich and in the University of Basel´s science studies program. Regula was a researcher in several projects of the Swiss Science and Innovation Council (SSIC), and of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. As a lecturer, she offered a variety of courses at ETH Zurich, the Universities of Zurich and Bern, and Zurich University of the Arts.

Among her publications are Doing Images: Zur Praxis medizinischer Bilder (transcript), ‘Doing distinctions: Boundary work and symbolic capital in radiology’ (Social Studies of Science), ‘Visual power in action: Digital images and the shaping of medical practices’ (Science as Culture), ‘Visual rationalities: Towards a sociology of images’ (Current Sociology), ‘Social studies of scientific imaging and visualization’, in Ed Hackett et al., The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (MIT Press), and Biomedicine as Culture: Instrumental Practices, Technoscientific Knowledge, and New Modes of Life (Routledge, both with Joseph Dumit).