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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 – August 2017

08/11/2017

Infrastructure and Mentoring Award Announcements, Mentors needed in Boston, 4S 2017 Welcome Demonstration, Expert Review call, IPCC Special Report on Global Warming

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4S President’s message – July 2017

07/12/2017

Mullins and Edge Prize Announcements. 4S Council election results. Registration news and Preliminary Program for 4S 2017. Support for non-US Travelers to 4S 2017   .

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4S Sydney 18 Announced

07/11/2017

The theme of the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science—Transnational STS – encourages presentations, panels, and other events that deepen and extend the transnational character of the Society itself.

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4S President’s message – June 2017

06/15/2017

Carson and Fleck Prize Announcements. Ongoing developments in US policy. 4S Council Election

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Backchannels

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

Doing ethnography of and with rocks

Report-backs / Alison Marlin

title Alison Marlin uses two ethnographic encounters with rocks – by Helen Verran and Sophia Roosth – to reflect on the stories these seemingly unlively objects may hold.

Self-driving cars with Nassim JafariNaimi: New Research in ST&HV

Reflections / Aleka Gurel

Professor Nassim JafariNaimi discusses her recent ST&HV article, "Our Bodies in the Trolley’s Path, or Why Self-driving Cars Must *Not* Be Programmed to Kill."

We are all Eric Cartman now

Reflections / David Banks

title Inverse has a short thing about the precipitous decline of reported close encounters with extra-terrestrials following the widespread adoption of smartphones. Author Ryan Britt asks, “How come there have been fewer reports of flying saucers and alien abductions in the age of the camera phone?” David Banks finds in his contribution to "Cyborgology" another answer.

In the Moment: Notes from a Graduate Student Conference

Report-backs / Madeleine Pape

title Madeleine Pape asked the three organizers – Savina Balasubramanian, Omri Tubi, and Kevin Baker – of the graduate conference "Science, Technology, and the Politics of Knowledge" to share their insights in organizing such an event.

Book Review: Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900-1920

Reviews / Dr Jonathan Silver

According to Jonathan Silver, "Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic" makes a significant contribution to the global history of cotton and our understandings about the long durée of capitalism.

What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences

Reflections / Jess Auerbach

It’s not often that you get to create a new university from scratch.

Dis—ease with X and Y: Disclosing Digital Sociology

Projects / Amanda Windle

title The move to larger corporate social media groups did disrupt some of these grassroots support networks specifically when their digital infrastructures shifted during the noughties. Someone with UC-CD doesn’t always need their mood creepily enhanced by an algorithm on Facebook, but may appreciate some of the roaming mental health bots on Twitter.

AI’s Prediction Problem

Reflections / Steve G. Hoffman

Is prediction in AI a fool's errand?

Book Launch, Digital Sociology: The Reinvention of Social Research by Noortje Marres

Report-backs / Evelyn Ruppert

title As much research has shown, communities amongst which fake news circulates are separate from the platforms and their mitigating technical services. What technical solutions do not address is that sharing is a logic underpinning digital platforms and from which their social value is derived.

Leon Olivé or the citizen philosopher

Reflections / Mónica Lozano

title On February 10, 2017, the philosopher and mathematician Leon Olivé died in Mexico, one of the most important contemporary Mexican thinkers and a reference in Latin America for philosophical and social studies on science and technology.

New in...


Building for Biology: A Gene Therapy Trial Infrastructure
By Samuel Taylor-Alexander, Courtney Addison
The Ethics of Translational Science: Imagining Public Benefit in Gene-Environment Interaction Research
By Sara L. Ackerman, Katherine Weatherford Darling, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Robert A. Hiatt, Janet K. Shim    

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Technoscience Updates

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

Announcements

New edited volume: Intercultural Communication and Science and Technology Studies (2017, Springer)
Invitation: Expert Review IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C
New Book: Structure, Agency and Biotechnology (2017, Anthem Press)

Events

International Conference on Environmental Humanities
Exploring Parallels Between Technoscientific and Social Scientific Knowledge Production
Sustaining the Seas

Calls for Papers

Genetic Genealogy
CFP: Science Studies and the Blue Humanities.
”Data work in healthcare” Special issue of Health Informatics Journal

Positions

General Faculty Positions, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Media and Culture at Stanford University
Assistant Professor of Sociology (Demography, Migration, and Inequality), UC Santa Cruz

Fellowships & Postdocs

Postdoc in Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice, Wageningen University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
Postdoctoral Research Scholar in environmental impacts of synthetic biology, NC State University