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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

Call for Nominations: 6S Representatives Deadline 4/15!


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4S President’s Message – March 2017


4S Boston Meeting Update - 4S Council Nominations now open - Metrics and the latest issue of ESTS


4S President’s message – February 2017


Some further reflections on recent political developments in the US



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

Call for Nominations: 6S Representatives Deadline 4/15!

Report-backs / Posted by Madeleine Pape and Amanda Windle on behalf of 6S

title Student 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.

Silenced Issues 2: Stumbling upon a History of STS Concepts in Aboriginal Australia

Reflections / Helen Verran

title In the second entry in the "Silenced Issues" series Helen Verran reports about Leigh Star and her distributed self in Aboriginal Australia.

Extending the ‘14 day rule’ on embryo use for research? Conferences as mobilising points

Reflections / Neil Stephens and Rebecca Dimond

title Dr. Neil Stephens and Dr Rebecca Dimond discuss their recent ESTS paper, "Debating CRISPR/cas9 and Mitochondrial Donation: Continuity and Transition Performances at Scientific Conferences."

A Syllabus for Contextualizing Energy Policy Debates

Reflections / Brian Hamilton and Rachel Gross

title Here 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.

IV Encuentro CTS-Chile. Cartografías líquidas y territorios Sociotécnicos.

Report-backs / Gloria Baigorrotegui

title Report of IV Annual Meeting of STS Chilean Community in the University Austral of Chile

Silenced Issues 1: A Story from STS Feminist History

Reflections / Susan Cozzens

title Susan Cozzens, in the first contribution to “Alternative Histories and Practices of STS”, describes how 4S got its first prize named after a woman.

Intractosoma with Sainath Suryanarayanan: New Research in ESTS

Reflections / Aleka Gurel

title Dr. Sainath Suryanarayanan talks about his recent ESTS paper, "Intractosoma: Toward an Epistemology of Complexity Based on Intra-acting Bodies."

Will Populism Kill Your Jetpack?

Reflections / Scott Smith and Georgina Voss

title Preachings from the pulpit of populism promise to summon up a world that existed from the end of World War II until the tech boom of the 1980s.

Segundo Congreso Argentino de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología

Report-backs / Diego Aguiar

title Second Argentine Congress of STS (2016) in The Center for Studies in Science, Technology, Culture and Development (CITECDE for its Spanish Acronym) of the National University of Rio Negro in Patagonia Argentina.

Obama’s legacy in science, technology and innovation

Reflections / Jonathan Coopersmith

title In office Obama was fundamentally an optimist about the potential of science and technology to improve society and safely expand the economy.

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Critical Engagements

After Big Data Failed: The Enduring Allure of Numbers in the Wake of the 2016 US Election
Yanni Loukissas, Anne Pollock   

Research Articles

Book-Smart, Not Street-Smart: Blockchain-Based Smart Contracts and The Social Workings of Law
Karen E. C. Levy

Thematic Collections

Implicated in the Indicator Game? An Experimental Debate
Maximilian Fochler, Sarah de Rijcke        

Playing the Indicator Game: Reflections on Strategies to Position an STS Group in a Multi-disciplinary Environment
Roland Bal          

Under the Shadow of Time: Where Indicators and Academic Values Meet
Ulrike Felt          

If the Indicator Game is the Answer, Then What is the Question?
Alan Irwin           

Like Cream: Valuing the Invaluable
Julien McHardy

Crafting a Career in STS: Meaning Making, Assessment, and Interdisciplinary Engagement
Ruth Müller       

Surplus and Indicator
Katie Vann         

Bridging the Evaluation Gap
Paul Wouters    

Simple Resistance is Not an Option: Playing and Transforming the Indicator Game
Daniel Lee Kleinman

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Technoscience Updates

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


New Book, Cultures without Culturalism: The Making of Scientific Knowledge (2017, Duke U Press)
2017 SHOT Dibner Award Nominations
New Book from Sal Restivo: Sociology, Science, and the End of Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)


1st International Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge
Get the Picture. Digital Methods for Visual Research
Intersecting Processes

Calls for Papers

Call for proposals Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (1976—)
Call for Reviewers
CfP for Science as Culture (SaC) Forum: Economic Assumptions


Visiting Assistant Professor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University
Instructional Staff for “Science, Technology, and Public Policy,” Johns Hopkins CTY @ Princeton
Lecturer in Social Science for 2017-18, Arizona State University

Fellowships & Postdocs

One-year Postdoc position in STS at Virginia Tech (Falls Church, VA –– Washington, DC area)
New Master’s Program in STS at the Munich Center for Technology in Society
Two research fellows in Soc of Science/STS, Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS)