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6S Sketch Group Call

Published On: Apr 13, 2023

The Student Section of Society for the Social Studies of Science (6S) have returned with the 6S Sketch Groups for students and early career scholars.

Call for Proposals: Special Issues of Science, Technology & Human Values - closes 25 May

Published On: Apr 5, 2023

Deadline: May 25, 2023

The editorial group of Science, Technology, & Human Values (Kari Lancaster, Courtney Addison, Timothy Neale and Matthew Kearnes) announces the journal’s annual Call for Proposals for Special Issues.

4S Honolulu Paraconference

Published On: Mar 23, 2023

In collaboration with the Environmental inJustice: Building a Global Record project and local EJ activists in Hawai’i, interested 4S members will re-analyze their research on colonialism, militarism and/or environmental injustice and para-site it by situating it in the matters of concern in Hawai’i for the paraconference.

4S Publications

Science, Technology, and Human Values

For more than forty years, Science, Technology, & Human Values has provided the forum for cutting-edge research and debate in the field of science and technology studies.

Thank you to our reviewers for 2021 and 2022

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Volume 48, Issue 2, Page 237-242, March 2023.

Between the Lab and the Field: Plants and the Affective Atmospheres of Southern Science

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Volume 48, Issue 2, Page 243-271, March 2023.
In view of persistent global inequalities in scientific knowledge production with clear centers and peripheries, this paper examines a lingering...

Transfer or Translation? Rethinking Traveling Technologies from the Global South

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Volume 48, Issue 2, Page 272-294, March 2023.
Technology flows are becoming increasingly diverse in the twenty-first century, calling for an update of concepts and frameworks. Reflecting...

Diversifying the Deliberative Turn: Toward an Agonistic RRI

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Volume 48, Issue 2, Page 295-318, March 2023.
In its “deliberative turn,” the field of science and technology studies (STS) has strongly advocated opening up decision-making processes...

Data Echoes: Sound, Evidence, and Acoustic Methods in Energy Landscapes

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Volume 48, Issue 2, Page 319-342, March 2023.
This paper explores an informal acoustic method developed by a group of industrial geologists working in geothermal energy landscapes in the...

Engaging Science, Technology and Society

Engaging Science, Technology, & Society is an online, open access publication of The Society for Social Studies of Science.


Building Community with ESTS

Sep 9 2022

Aalok Khandekar; Noela Invernizzi, Duygu Kaşdoğan, Ali Kenner, Angela Okune, Grant Jun Otsuki, Sujatha Raman, Amanda Windle, Emily York, ESTS Editorial Collective

4S Blog: Backchannels

Some Reflections on Co-editing in Pandemic Times

May 22, 2023
In this blog post, Vishal Nyayapathi reflects on the process of collaboratively preparing a text for publication in pandemic times. They invite further discussion around moments when the task of editing conflicts with a desire to refuse declaring what ought to be.

'Japanese garden on Hungarian rooftop': diversity and memory for sustainability futures

May 15, 2023
In this post, Sylvanus Doe wonders what a Japanese Garden was doing on a rooftop in the Central European University (CEU), Hungary. His experience with the Japanese Garden at the CEU prompts him to ask a pertinent question: 'Is global sustainability possible?'

Designing Natural Things: How Images Make Meaning in History of Science

May 08, 2023
The editors of Natural Things in Early Modern Worlds offer a window into the process of creating an edited volume that draws together historians and designers.

Genealogies of Iran’s Gender Politics: Technopolitical Space, Feminine Body, and Knowledge Hierarchies

May 01, 2023
In this blog post, Ata Heshmati traces the genealogy of gender politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). He discusses the history of the emergence of technopolitical gender hierarchies in postrevolutionary Iran within three categories: space, body, and knowledge.

Backchannels content is contributed by our members to highlight news relevant to their work.

STS News

Items submitted by the community and emailed to members monthly.

Full Time, Tenure-Track Faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor Rank

May 20, 2023
The Florida State University College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine (BSSM) seeks candidates for a Full Time, Tenure-Track Faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor Rank. The applicant should have either a PhD in the social or behavioral sciences or public health, MD, or comparable degree.

USF International Fellowships

May 20, 2023
Applications are invited to the USF’s International Fellowships for urban scholars from the Global South. Each award will cover the cost of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice, worldwide, for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book.

Two fully funded PhD positions within STS on sustainability transitions

May 20, 2023
At NTNU, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, we have two fully funded 3-year vacancies as PhD candidates within Science and Technology studies. Both positions focus on aspects related to energy and sustainability transitions and could also be of interest to scholars with other relevant backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities. Both projects are funded as part of the Norwegian centre for energy transition strategies.

Call for Papers - Agents and Robots for reliable Engineered Autonomy

May 20, 2023
This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the autonomous agents and the robotics communities, since combining knowledge from these two research areas may lead to innovative approaches that solve complex problems related to the verification and validation of autonomous robotic systems.