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.
For renewals, the member directory, and meeting registration, visit the Member Portal.
Support for non-US citizens traveling to the 4S conference, Pluralizing Language at 4S Boston 2017, Pluralizing Language in the Age of Trump and Brexit: An Invitation for the Upcoming 4S Conference (and beyond), Enacting Environmental Data Justice – EDGI 4S Pre-Meeting Event(...more)
The David Edge Prize is awarded annually for the best article in the area of science and technology studies. Nominations may be made by any member of the society and by editors of journals in the field of STS. Articles may also be self-nominated. Deadline for nominations is May 1, 2017 to exhibits-prizes@4Sonline.org... (...more)
Interested in being a student representative to the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Council? Apply now! Details at http://www.4sonline.org/students.(...more)
4S endorses the April 22 March for Science, and its support for scientific research and education, evidence-based policy-making, and the upkeep and public accessibility of data needed to understand societal problems.(...more)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
Reflections / Prince K. GumaMobile technology production and development, mobile-based infrastructural engagements, and mobile money markets are increasingly becoming key signifiers for African cities' identity.
Reflections / Scott MacleodAt some level I have to say, I don’t want to hear, I don’t want to know, how much you feel that you hate the other, or that you are sure the other hates you. I actually think there are global obligations, and also territorial obligations, to live with other people we may not love and to honor their equal right to live there too.
Reflections / Joshua PittJoshua Pitt problematizes the ways in which voices and issues remain silenced through inherent and prevailing biases in academic publishing.
Report-backs / Joseph Satish VReflections on the engagements between science and religion in Indian society following the discovery of gravitational waves
Reflections / Michael PenklerBodyweight is a rich source of ‘moral stories’. In talking about their own and others’ bodies, people not only narrate and negotiate themselves as rational actors and accountable persons, but also hold one another accountable.
Report-backs / Posted by Madeleine Pape and Amanda Windle on behalf of 6SStudent Section of the Society for Social Studies of Science (6S) is now accepting self-nominations for a new representative. The tentative deadline for nominations is April 15, 2017.
Reflections / Helen VerranIn the second entry in the "Silenced Issues" series Helen Verran reports about Leigh Star and her distributed self in Aboriginal Australia.
Reflections / Neil Stephens and Rebecca DimondDr. Neil Stephens and Dr Rebecca Dimond discuss their recent ESTS paper, "Debating CRISPR/cas9 and Mitochondrial Donation: Continuity and Transition Performances at Scientific Conferences."
Reflections / Brian Hamilton and Rachel GrossHere we follow the examples of other scholars who have contributed to public conversation by creating accessible syllabi (for example, the University of Minnesota’s brand-new #ImmigrationSyllabus) that compile academic and non-academic readings to contextualize contemporary debates.
Report-backs / Gloria BaigorroteguiReport of IV Annual Meeting of STS Chilean Community in the University Austral of Chile
Real Vegan Cheese and the Artistic Critique of Biotechnology
How Diversity Matters in the US Science and Engineering Workforce: A Critical Review Considering Integration in Teams, Fields, and Organizational Contexts
Laurel Smith-Doerr, Sharla N. Alegria, Timothy Sacc
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.