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Society for Social Studies of Science

What is 4S?

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is a scholarly society founded in 1975 with an international membership of over 1200. Its main purpose is to bring together those interested in understanding science, technology, and medicine, including the way they develop and interact with their social contexts.

All About 4S Membership

For renewals, the member directory, and meeting registration, visit the Member Portal.

4S News

4S President’s message – August 2016


Infrastructure and Mentoring Award Announcements, 4S Election Results, Fourth Handbook of Science and Technology Studies in press – Roundtable at EASST/4S 2016, Call for interest in program organizing for 4S 2018 in Sydney, Australia


President’s Message, July 2016


Mullins and Edge Prize Announcements. David Hakken Fund, Meeting News, 4S Statement of Purpose, President and Council Elections


President’s Message, June 2016


Carson and Fleck Prize Announcements

It is my great pleasure to announce the two recipients of this year’s 4S book prizes!

Gabrielle Hecht (University of Michigan, US) is the winner of the 2016 Rachel Carson Prize for her book Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade (2012 MIT Press). The Carson Prize is awarded for an outstanding book length work of social or political relevance...



Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.

4S Preview: Engaging STS Studies for Inclusive Development

Projects / Gabriela Bortz and Hernan Thomas

title What is the role of Science and Technology studies and STS scholars in promoting, advocating, and building pathways towards inclusive and sustainable development?

4S Preview: Re-configuring Knowledge Practices: Folding Margins and Norms into Dynamic Hybridity

Projects / Ellen K Foster and Karin Patzke

title Action, Interaction and Change (or what our 4S title session really means).

4S Preview: Sensing, Walking and Embodiment With and By Technologies—A Track Away From the Desk

Projects / Christopher Peter Wood

title How do we move away from the desk (and the projector) to convey more of the subtle interactions which take place between bodies, technologies and their physical situations?

4S Preview: Free Lunch at the Handbook of STS Roundtable

Projects / Abby Kinchy

A roundtable discussion with the editors of the fourth edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies will take place on September 1 at 12:30 pm, with lunch provided to the first 40 audience members.

4S Preview: Governing Scientific Excellence

Projects / Alex Rushforth, Laurens Hessels, Ruth Müller, Sarah de Rijcke, Thomas Franssen, Tjitske Holtrop & Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner

Despite growing interest, as an object of study ‘excellence’ discourses, policies, and instruments remain somewhat difficult to pin down. This is at least partly due to the term itself being something of an ambiguous container concept.

4S Preview: Valuation Practices at the Margins as a Centre of Attention

Projects / Kristin Asdal, C-F Helgesson, Freyja Knapp, Francis Lee, and Steve Woolgar

How is ‘what counts as valuable’ established in valuation practices, and by what criteria? What and who participate in such ventures and what are the effects?

4S Preview: Bioinformation management in data driven medicine

Projects / Karoliina Snell, Ilpo Helén and Aaro Tupasela

Examining the premises and promises of the new data-driven health paradigm

4S preview: Pharmaceuticals Out of Bounds

Projects / Christy Spackman and Danya Glabau

title Investigating the promises, perils, and consequences of living in an increasingly pharmacetuicalized world

4S Preview: Eating For Life: When Food Is the Best Medicine

Projects / Danya Glabau

title آNew insights on the stakes of incorporating food and eating into the biomedical toolkit

Queer STS at 4S/EASST in Barcelona: Looking Forward and to the Past

Projects / Stephen Molldrem and Mitali Thakor

title What is Queer STS method? How might Queer STS be institutionalized?

New in...

Your New Best Frenemy: Hello Barbie and Privacy Without Screens
Meg Leta Jones
Impostor Syndrome, a Reparative History
Dana Simmons
Toward Non-innocent Reassemblies
Michelle Murphy
The Challenges for Us Psychologized Moderns
Jill G. Morawski
Repair Work
Dana Simmons

New in...

Technoscience Updates

The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.


New Book by Lisa Messeri: Placing Outer Space (2016, Duke University Press)
New books from Mattering Press
100&Change grant for $100 million, MacArthur Foundation


AAAI Fall Symposium: AI for Human-Robot Interaction (AI-HRI)
*Call for Abstracts -** ‘Lives of Data’ Workshop
STS Underground: Investigating the Technoscientific Worlds of Mining and Subterranean Extraction

Calls for Papers

Special Issue of Design Issues: Organizing provocation, conflict and appropriation
Visual Data as Accountability, Resistance, and Surveillance
Narratives and storytelling in energy and climate change research


Full-time public historian of science and/or technology, IEEE History Center
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Forest Products and Woody Biomass, UC Berkeley
Tenure-Track, Open Rank Professor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, UC Davis

Fellowships & Postdocs

Postdoc for ethnographer of data science, University of Washington
Society of Fellows postdoc awards for 2017-2020, Princeton University
Postdoc on NASA’s organizational and fiscal history with Janet Vertesi, Princeton University