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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 – May 2017


Bernal Prize Announcement: Hebe Vessuri
Registration now open for 4S 2017 conference
4S sponsorship of March for Science


4S President’s message – April 2017


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


2018 Edge Prize Nominations Requested


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 (...more)

Call for Nominations: 6S Representatives Deadline 4/30!


Interested in being a student representative to the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Council? Apply now! Details at



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

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.

Undoing the Ontology of the Poor: A Participatory Design Project

Reflections / Mariacristina Sciannamblo and Maurizio Teli

title Using a participatory design approach, the research consortium of the EU-funded "Commonfare" project rethinks – and critically engages with – the ontological politics of categorizations of poverty.

The employment crisis of young PhDs in Argentina. Is neoliberalism to blame?

/ Federico Vasen

title In the days leading up to Christmas, young researchers and postgraduate students occupied for four days the building of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Buenos Aires demanding more permanent positions for Research and Development in the country

Is STS All Talk and No Walk? Steve Fuller

Reflections / James H. Collier

title What is perhaps most puzzling from a strictly epistemological standpoint is that STS recoils from these tropes whenever such politically undesirable elements as climate change deniers or creationists appropriate them effectively for their own purposes.

Silenced Issues 4: (Un-)Silencing Issues in Thinking Through Environmental Data

Reflections / Leo Matteo Bachinger

title The fourth entry to our ongong series explores and reflects the ways in which data is used to conceal, silence but also bring to the foreground environmental and Climate Change issues.

Researching Sprawling ‘Mobile’ Infrastructures in Nairobi

Reflections / Prince K. Guma

title Mobile technology production and development, mobile-based infrastructural engagements, and mobile money markets are increasingly becoming key signifiers for African cities' identity.

Q&A: Global Trouble

Reflections / Scott Macleod

title At 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.

Silenced Issues 3: Silenced Issues in Academic Publishing

Reflections / Joshua Pitt

title Joshua Pitt problematizes the ways in which voices and issues remain silenced through inherent and prevailing biases in academic publishing.

Revealing fact and reinforcing faith: Gravitational waves and religion in India

Report-backs / Joseph Satish V

title Reflections on the engagements between science and religion in Indian society following the discovery of gravitational waves

Performing Moral Stories through Bodyweight

Reflections / Michael Penkler

title Bodyweight 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.

New in...


"Constructing Worlds: Reflections on Science, Technology, and Democracy (and a Plea for Bold Modesty)"
By Wiebe Bijker

Thematic Collections

Amphibious Worlds: Environments, Infrastructures, Ontologies”
--By Casper Bruun Jensen
“The ‘Adaptive Management’ of a New Nature along the Southern English Coastline
--By Rebecca Empson
From Gravitational Machine to Universal Habitat: The Drainage Basin and Amphibious Futures in the Chao Phraya Delta
--By Atsuro Morita
An Assemblage of Thai Water Engineering: the Royal Irrigation Department’s Museum of Heavy Engineering as a Parliament of Things
--By Jakkrit Sanghamanee
Amphibious Encounters: Coral and People in Conservation Outreach in Indonesia
-By Annet Pauwelussen and G.M. Verschoor

New in...

Technoscience Updates

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


Call for Nominations, SIGCIS Computer History Museum Book Prize
Call for Nominations: Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory
New book from Cockerill et al., Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions (Springer, 2017)


The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) i
Reconfiguring care infrastructures – austerity and innovation in European welfare services.
GROUP 2018 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work

Calls for Papers

Technologies of Frankenstein


Assistant Professor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University
Instructor for 2 courses in Fall 2017, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, NYU
Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Council for Science (ICSU)

Fellowships & Postdocs

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Social Study of Epigenetics and Transgenerational Inheritance, UCLA
Research Associate and Research Assistant posts at Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge
Chancellor’s Fellow in History/Sociology of Biomedicine, University of Edinburgh