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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.

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4S News

President’s message #19 May 2015


2015 John Desmond Bernal Prize! Speakers for the Opening Presidential Plenary in Denver? Council action proposed resolution. U.S. members: proposed 45% cut to social sciences at NSF. Denver!


Council Decision on Proposed Evolution Resolution


In August 2014, Council received the proposed resolution “Teaching Evolution in Public Schools.” The final vote was to not accept the resolution.


Seeking Exhibitors, Advertisers for Denver Meeting


The Denver meeting will host more than 1,200 participants over a four-day period. The book exhibit provides editors, publishers and potential authors a chance to meet and discuss new book projects. Attendees depend on the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research and for staying current in the field. The meeting program is a highly valued resource, and full-page ads are available at a reasonable price.



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

Primer Coloquio Colombiano de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la tecnología

Report-backs / Yuri Jack Gómez-Morales

title The First National Workshop of Social Studies of Science was held on 7, 8 and 9 April in Bogotá, Colombia

The Science of Science Maps

Reflections / Isabella E. Wagner

title In scientometrics, visualisations perform in a political environment since they form a colourful reality of an abstract construct that is a product of a long series of previous representation and translation steps

Continuity and Change in the Social Science of Risk, Hazards, and Disasters

Report-backs / AJ Faas and Tess Kulstad

title The Risk and Disaster Topical Interest Group within the SfAA addresses risk and disaster-related topics with wider, multi-field appeal.

CTS en América Latina: ¿Hacia un ‘Programa comprometido’?

Reflections / Pablo Kreimer

title Pablo Kreimer reflects upon how the development of the STS field in Latin America is structured from a tension, which varies over successive generations, between the political commitment, or the attempts to public intervention, and the creation of a 'rigorous' academic field. He presents some of the main landmarks on the origins of the field in the region, argues that this tension is similar to certain processes that have taken place in North América, and suggests that to create an engaged STS field in the region is still a long journey.

Report on the 3rd CPERI Workshop, San Diego, March 2015

Report-backs / Kean Birch

title A report on the 3rd Changing Political Economic of Research and Innovation (CPERI) Workshop held at UC San Diego in March 2015, and organized by Charles Thorpe and Martha Lampland from the Science Studies Program there. Originally started by David Tyfield in 2012, the CPERI workshops are an attempt to reinvigorate or renew interest in the political economy of science, research and innovation.

Textile Waste and Audiovisual STS

Projects / Hanna Rose Shell

title A contribution to a material archeology of waste. A heap of ground-up textile waste is the starting point for a book and a series of interconnected short films and interactive media in progress.