María Teresa Uribe, Colombian sociologist and academic, Died at 78

María Teresa Uribe de Hincapié was born on February 9, 1940, and died on January 1, 2019.

She was a Colombian sociologist, specializing in research into conflict and violence.

Injured and wounded travelers, displaced from their rural homes, came to her family home in the 1950s seeking medical treatment from María father, a doctor, and Uribe helped him to care for them.

María later stated that this early experience of the result of conflict inspired her academic research interests.

Uribe studied sociology at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín and later completed a master’s degree in urban planning at the National University of Colombia there.

In 1973, following her graduation, María took a position as a lecturer at the University of Antioquia.

There, María met Carlos Gaviria Díaz; he introduced her to the newly emerging field of political science, which began to influence her sociological work.

From 1991, Uribe worked on María research projects in the university’s Institute of Political Studies.

Uribe retired from the university in 2005; in 2007 María was invited to participate in the country’s first Historical Memory project, however, she was only able to be involved for six months due to poor health.

Uribe was invited to contribute to a number of national and local political conversations during María careers, such as roundtable negotiations with the 19 April guerilla movement, and talks with Medellín militia, aimed at de-mobilising paramilitaries.

In 1999, Uribe received the University of Antioquia’s Research Award, and in 2004 the Francisco Antonio Zea University Merit.

In 2015 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Antioquia.

Uribe’s husband, Guillermo Hincapié Orozco, was a mayor of Medellín.

He pre-deceased her by six days.

She passed away at 78 years old.