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 Blog – Backchannels of STS conversation
In the midst of returning to teaching terms, I thought I would use this month’s message to highlight the resources available – either for your curricula or in the cracks between – in the digital pages of the 4S blog Backchannels. As the editors explain:
Linguists first used the term backchannel to refer to the spontaneous responses and signals that...(...more)
Remarks at the opening of EASST/4S Barcelona 2016. Council changes.(...more)
Infrastructure and Mentoring Award Announcements, 4S Election Results, Fourth Handbook of Science and Technology Studies in press – Roundtable at EASST/4S 2016, Call for interest in program organizing for 4S 2018 in Sydney, Australia(...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 / Erika Szymanski and Margarita RayzbergWith new initiatives--and a brand new Facebook page--6S organizers are pursuing ways to promote broad participation.
Projects / Richard D. BeselFrom the interesting experience of Cal Poly, Richard Besel draws lessons for schools that want to establish STS programs.
Reflections / Fredy Mora-Gámez"Revisiting rights restitution and the narratives of peace from STS may also consist of interrogating the technical objects and expert discourses that make possible the promotion of those narratives" / "Una relectura desde los ESCT de la restitución de derechos y las narrativas de paz consiste también en problematizar aquellos objetos técnicos y discursos expertos que precisamente hacen posible promover dichas narrativas"
Reflections / Aleka GurelDr. Luis Reyes-Galindo talks to Backchannels about his recent ST&HV paper, "Molecular Detector (Non)Technology in Mexico."
Reflections / Amanda WindleHowever we choose to name indirect forms of violence whether it is by calling it – flaming, trolling, smearing or slamming — finding new words to express age-old forms of violence towards women is part of the problem.
In Part II of his conversation with 4S President Lucy Suchman, Bernal Prize winner Michael Lynch speaks about his early work and looks ahead to future projects.
Michael Lynch was awarded the 2016 Bernal Prize for his important contribution to science and technology studies. Here, in conversation with 4S President Lucy Suchman, he reflects on his, and the field's, coming of age.
Reflexões do workshop brasileiro sobre Mudanças Climáticas e Estudos Sociais da Ciência e Tecnologia
Report-backs / Jean Hochsprung MiguelA growing number of Brazilian and South American research groups have been exploring the links between science and technology and climate policy. Informal networks have been set up and culminated in the Workshop on Climate Change, Technoscience and Society, which took place in April 11 and 12 at the University of Campinas (State of São Paulo, Brazil). The main objective of this meeting was to bring together STS researchers interested in the production of climate knowledge from South American perspectives. The meeting enabled a diagnosis of emergent initiatives of the Brazilian ans South American scientific communities and governmental institutions for responding the social and scientific challenges posed by climate change.
Reflections / Aleka GurelProfessor Kean Birch, from York University, talks to Backchannels about his recent paper for ST&HV, "Rethinking 'Value' in the Bio-Economy: Finance, Assetization and the Management of Value."
Projects / Gabriela Bortz and Hernan ThomasWhat is the role of Science and Technology studies and STS scholars in promoting, advocating, and building pathways towards inclusive and sustainable development?
Impostor Syndrome, a Reparative History
Toward Non-innocent Reassemblies
The Challenges for Us Psychologized Moderns
Jill G. Morawski
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.