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Society for Social Studies of Science

What is 4S?

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is an international, nonprofit scholarly society founded in 1975. 4S fosters interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship in social studies of science, technology, and medicine (a field often referred to as STS). Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in understanding developments in science, technology, or medicine in relation to 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 – January 2018


4S Community,

Happy new year!  We have important work to do in 2018.  Thanks to all of you who have been in touch to share ideas and plans.  I appreciate the feedback.  

At the 4S Council (quarterly) meeting in early January, we outlined a series of reports that will be shared with 4S members at the end of the...


4sSydney Update


Feb 1 deadline for submissions

Now is the time to check our submissions page and decide how you would like to participate in 4sSydney.

You can submit closed panels and single papers, a paper to one of the 115 open panels, a Making and Doing session; or submit to an exciting new addition to the 4S program, the STS...


Mentoring and Mulling Prize Nominations open through February 15


There is still time to submit nominations for the 4S Mentoring Prize and the Mullins Prize for Exemplary Graduate Student Research

Eligibility for the Mentoring Award is not tied to participation in the mentoring program run at 4S conferences. Both mid-career and senior scholars are eligible. Nominations may be...


4S President’s message – December 2017


The CDC, and linguistic correctness; STS Across Borders exhibit; Online access to STHV



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

STS and environmental history live to see another day

Reflections / Joseph Satish V

title Environmental history is yet another important avenue for STS scholars to explore and work with – considering that forests, the environment and “nature” themselves are constructed socially, a theme so often explored in STS theory. This post shares why Joseph Satish feels this is so, based on his visit to the Anglade Institute of Natural History in Kodaikanal, south India.

Public Health in the Calais Refugee Camp: Environment, Health and Exclusion

Report-backs / Surindar Dhesi and Arshad Isakjee

The ongoing emergency for refugees is having profound and hidden health consequences for thousands of displaced persons who live in informal ‘makeshift’ camps across Europe.

African cities in the changing global landscape

Reflections / Prince K. Guma

"Questions need to be posed as to how we ought to (dis)associate and (dis)connect from/with dominant and inextricable narratives, imaginaries and dichotomies if we must accurately subsume the African city within the increasingly precarious global present."

Silenced Issues 5| Coming to Terms with the Colorblindness of Contemporary STS

Reflections / Michael Mascarenhas

"White privilege abounds in STS. We need to look no further than our STS departments and programs." Michael Mascarenhas unmasks the "white spaces in the black box" of contemporary STS.

Building STS Programs: Notes From an Initial Meeting

Report-backs / Sam Weiss Evans

Sam Weiss Evans reports on conversations held at 4S Boston about the challenges and promises of building STS Programs

Segundo Coloquio colombiano en estudios sociales de la ciencia: hacer la paz en un mundo posverdad

Report-backs / GESCTM Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Con el fin de ampliar y situar los debates sobre el postconflicto en Colombia y las discusiones sobre posverdad, algunos de los grupos en Colombia con agendas CTS/STS organizaron el Segundo Coloquio Nacional de Estudios Sociales de las Ciencias y las Tecnologías entre el 21 y el 23 del pasado Septiembre en Bogotá. (English version available)

Engendering Alice and Bob

Reflections / Quinn DuPont and Alana Cattapan

Quinn DuPont and Alana Cattapan critically engage with the fictional characters of Alice and Bob. Characters that are meant to convey complex concepts – and thereby represent and reinforce gender norms in fields where women are already few.

The Space Between with Elina Mäkinen

Reflections / Aleka Gurel

Dr. Elina Mäkinen discusses her recent ST&HV article, "Action in the Space Between: From Latent to Active Boundaries."

Describing and intervening: Exploring the plurality of STS in India

Report-backs / Joseph Satish V

Notes from a workshop and public lecture in the University of Hyderabad in India, where Prof. Wiebe Bijker engaged with themes around science, knowledge and responsible research.

Editorial Director Ken Wissoker on why he loves peer review

Reflections / Ken Wissoker

I always urge a symptomatic approach. Why would someone suggest that something needed to be done at all? What wasn’t working that required a solution? It’s the author’s manuscript!

New in...

Making and Doing Politics Through Grassroots Scientific Research on the Energy and Petrochemical Industries
Sara Wylie, Nick Shapiro, Max Liboiron
Materializing Exposure: Developing an Indexical Method to Visualize Health Hazards Related to Fossil Fuel Extraction
Sara Wylie, Elisabeth Wilder, Lourdes Vera, Deborah Thomas, Megan McLaughlin
Participatory Air Monitoring in the Midst of Uncertainty: Residents’ Experiences with the Speck Sensor
Jacob Robert Matz, Sara Wylie, Jill Kriesky
Compromised Agency: The Case of BabyLegs
Max Liboiron
The Civic Informatics of FracTracker Alliance: Working with Communities to Understand the Unconventional Oil and Gas Industry
Kirk Jalbert, Samantha Malone Rubright, Karen Edelstein
Crowdsourcing Undone Science
Gwen Ottinger
A Wary Alliance: From Enumerating the Environment to Inviting Apprehension
Nicholas Shapiro, Nasser Zakariya, Jody Roberts
Game Design as STS Research
Joseph Dumit
Living with Oil and Gas and Practicing Community Conducted Science
Deborah Thomas

New in...

Technoscience Updates

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


New Book: Fractivism by Sara Ann Wylie (Duke University Press, 2018)
Mary Frank Fox elected to AAAS Committee on Nominations
New Title: The Anthem Companion to Karl Mannheim (Anthem, 2017)


PhD DAYS INGENIO 2018: Science, Technology and Innovation: New challenges and practices
Australasian STS Graduate Network (AusSTS)
The 7th STS Italia Conference

Calls for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS – Between the Local and the Global: Connection, Sharing, and Entanglement in the History of Technoscience
The Nuclear Origins of the Anthropocene
NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation


Faculty Position, History of Science and Technology, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Assistant Professor in Space and Society, Arizona State University
Research Asst, Phil of sci & tech with focus on logic of research, RWTH Aachen University

Fellowships & Postdocs

Postdoctoral Researcher in ethics of data protection, privacy-preserving technologies, ETH Zurich
Postdoctoral Researcher in ethics of data governance, citizen participation in precis med ETH Zurich
Program solicitation for CRISP 2.0, National Science Foundation (NSF)