Jean-Claude Guédon

Member of  the Board of  Trustees

Jean-Claude Guédon is a retired professor from the Université de Montréal. He received his Ph. D. in
history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974. He taught at the Université de
Montréal from 1973 until his retirement in December 2017, first in the Institut d’histoire et de sociopolitique
des sciences, and later in Littérature comparée. He was a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins
University (1975), Université Louis-Pasteur (Strasbourg, 1983), École des Chartes (Paris, 2001),
Université Lyon-II (2003), University of São Paulo in 2008, University of Amsterdam in 2010 and the
Politecnico of Turin in 2011.

The distinctions he received include being one of the three laureates of the Charles-Hélou international
prize for francophonie in 1996. He was named « Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecturer » for the 100-year
anniversary of the MLA (1998), Fleck Fellow at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2002 and 2003). He
chaired the Advisory Board of the Canadian library consortium CNSLP (now known as CRKN). He
received the award for outstanding achievement, Computing in the Arts and Humanities, from the
Society for the Digital Humanities in 2005. In 2001 and early 2002, he participated to the meeting and
the drafting of the Budapest Open Access Initiative. He was a member of the Information Sub-Board of
the Open Society Foundations between 2002 and 2006. Between 2006 and 2009, he acted as vice-
President for the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and the Social Sciences. He began acting as
expert for the European Commission in 2008. Since 2011, he has been a trustee of the Nexa Center
(Internet and Society) of the Politecnico in Turin. Between 2017 and 2019, he was Chair and
(ultimately) rapporteur of Expert Group on the Future of Scholarly Communication and Publishing
systems for the European Commission. In 2021, he was awarded a doctorate honoris causa from the
Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina). He joined the Board of the Vietsch Foundation
as member at large in December 2023.

In 1991, he started an electronic scholarly journal, Surfaces, the first in Canada, that was published
until 2000, and is still accessible on the site of Érudit (

His publications include three books and about 140 other publications, most of which of a scholarly