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.
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Some further reflections on recent political developments in the US(...more)
The 4S Council will be considering various ways in which Society members can express their opposition to U.S. presidential policies, particularly the discriminatory Executive Order of 27 January 2017, which restricts travel into the U.S. by those from seven majority Muslim countries. Most immediately, we would like to open a channel of communication regarding concerns about this year’s 4S conference to be held in Boston from August 30 - September 2nd.(...more)
Handbook of Science and Technology Studies to be released Feb 1. Submissions to open soon for the Boston meeting. Directory of Regional and Country STS Scholar Networks and Associations. Proposal to expand 4S Council.(...more)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
Report-backs / Gloria BaigorroteguiReport of IV Annual Meeting of STS Chilean Community in the University Austral of Chile
Reflections / Susan CozzensSusan Cozzens, in the first contribution to “Alternative Histories and Practices of STS”, describes how 4S got its first prize named after a woman.
Reflections / Aleka GurelDr. Sainath Suryanarayanan talks about his recent ESTS paper, "Intractosoma: Toward an Epistemology of Complexity Based on Intra-acting Bodies."
Reflections / Scott Smith and Georgina VossPreachings 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.
Report-backs / Diego AguiarSecond 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.
Reflections / Jonathan CoopersmithIn office Obama was fundamentally an optimist about the potential of science and technology to improve society and safely expand the economy.
Reflections / Aleka GurelBackchannels talks with Professor Susanna Trnka about her new research on young people's use of health apps.
Reviews / Lucy SuchmanAt least one thing that members of the field of STS can look forward to in the new year is the 4th STS Handbook. Its contents reflect the life of STS at this particular historical moment.
Reflections / Kristoffer WhitneyChristmas is coming, and with it—in birding circles anyway—comes the “Christmas Bird Count.”
Reflections / Jimena Carrasca Madarriaga and Arthur Arruda Leal FerreiraQuanto aos domínios Psi, a proposta é de considerar simetricamente aos saberes e práticas estabelecidos, uma série de práticas fronteiriças menos reconhecidas e em busca de reconhecimento. Assim, serão considerados, por exemplo, estudos referentes aos conhecimentos e práticas das neurociências, psiquiatria, gestão, reabilitação, autoajuda, coaching, entre outros enquanto dispositivos de produção de subjetividades.
Building Better Ecological Machines: Complexity Theory and Alternative Economic Models
Jess Bier, Willem Schinkel
Drawing Out by Drawing Into: Representation and Partnership in a Design-Science Collaboration
Debating CRISPR/cas9 and Mitochondrial Donation: Continuity and Transition Performances at Scientific Conferences
Neil Stephens, Rebecca Dimond
Intractosoma: Toward an Epistemology of Complexity Based on Intra-acting Bodies
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.