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Adele E. Clarke Dies at 78; Leader in Sociology and Women’s Health

Published On: Jan 29, 2024

Dr. Adele E. Clarke, an internationally known sociologist and women’s health scholar, died on January 19, 2024 in San Francisco. She was 78.

Catalyst Call for Cover Art

Published On: Jan 18, 2024

Deadline: Feb 15, 2024

We are pleased to announce a Call for Cover Art for an upcoming Spring 2024 issue of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. We invite artists from diverse backgrounds to submit their original artwork that embodies the theme of the journal special section titled: “Autoimmunities in the Wake of Covid-19.” The cover art of our journal serves as a visual representation of the theme as it relates to feminist technoscience broadly construed.

Call for Assistant Editors | 4S Backchannels (Global North Team)

Published On: Dec 25, 2023

4S Backchannels: Call for Assistant Editors

4S Backchannels is welcoming applications from early-career scholars to join our growing Editorial Team.

4S Backchannels is an integral part of the Society of the Social Studies of Science (4S) organization and community. Our Global North and Global South teams provide a timely outlet for short-format, media-rich, and editor-reviewed scholarly communications. We aim to target a general audience interested in science and technology studie...

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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.

A Contested Script: Conjuring Security through Registration in Italy

Enrico Gargiulo

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Ahead of Print.
This article aims to map out the various meanings of security entailed by the different uses and misuses of registration in Italy. As will emerge from this analysis, population...

Miscellaneous Care: Bridging the In-between of Translational Medicine

Isabel Briz Hernández

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Ahead of Print.
Based on fieldwork in China on oncology clinical trials for immunotherapy which involve foreign patients as trial subjects, in this paper, I illustrate how the source material...

Spectacular Technology, Invisible Harms: Witnessing Techno-science on Waste Tours in China

Amy Zhang

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Ahead of Print.
Investment in science, technologies, and infrastructures has been a critical aspect of China’s development strategy since the early 2000s. China’s national policies...

Going with the Flow: Moving Cells and Changing Values in Biomedical Practice

Pierre Delvenne

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Ahead of Print.
Science and technology studies have devoted considerable attention to the economic implications of biomedical technoscience. This article enriches these studies by offering...

Data Wormholes and Speculative Rice Fields: An Infrastructural Politics of Anticipating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Casper Bruun Jensen

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Ahead of Print.
The 2015 Paris declaration obligated international development organizations to assess the climate compatibility of their projects. For irrigation projects, like those...

Engaging Science, Technology and Society

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

Innovationism Across Transnational Landscapes

Published On: Dec 31 2023

Noela Invernizzi, Emily York, Clément Dréano, Duygu Kaşdoğan, Ali Kenner, Aalok Khandekar, Angela Okune, Grant Jun Otsuki, Sujatha Raman, Tim Schütz, Federico Vasen, Amanda Windle

This editorial introduces the thematic collection on STS and innovation. The collection includes eleven Engagements exploring the relationships between innovation studies (IS) and STS across various geographies. There is also...

Masking (Not Masking) Up: An STS Visual-Intersectional Approach to Understanding Publics and Science in Times of Rapid Change

Published On: Dec 31 2023

Susan Bell, Patrick Grzanka, Kelly Joyce, Laura Senier

In this paper we argue that a visual-intersectional approach can advance the field of science and technology studies (STS). Although there is a small but important body of work using visual methods in STS, it has rarely incorporated...

STS and Innovation: Borderlands, Regenerations and Critical Engagements

Published On: Dec 31 2023

Alan Irwin

This introduction to a thematic collection on the relationship between STS and innovation poses three main questions. When it comes to engaging with and acting upon socio-technical change, is ‘innovation’ part of the solution...

Bringing Fences Down: The Role of Critical Innovation Studies in Engaging STS with Innovation and the Contribution of Benoît Godin

Published On: Dec 31 2023

Tiago Brandão, Carolina Bagattolli

Innovation has constituted a subject of key interest for quite some time. However, only a few fields and scholars have embraced the challenge of finding ways to deconstruct our contemporary society’s most recurrent mantra. Questioning...

4S Blog: Backchannels

From the UK to Brazil: digital health and the platformization of public health systems

Raquel Rachid and Marcelo Fornazin
Feb 19, 2024
In this post, Raquel Rachid and Marcelo Fornazin discuss the process of digitizing public health systems based on a comparison between Brazil and the United Kingdom, focusing on the process of platformization of the State.

Recapping AusSTS 2023 (Sydney) - Conversations in, and with, Place

Carina Truyts, Jianni Tien, Dan Santos, and Ella Butler
Feb 12, 2024
The Australasian Science and Technology Studies (AusSTS) Network held its inaugural conference, "What Is an Australasian STS Contribution?", at the University of New South Wales in Sydney on July 17 and 18, 2023. In this post, Carina Truyts, Jianni Tien, Dan Santos, and Ella Butler report back on the conference and examine the meaning of place-based STS.

Energetics of Infrastructure in the Middle East

Katayoun Shafiee
Feb 06, 2024
In this blog post, Katayoun Shafiee reflects on the case of the Dez Dam in Iran highlighting the role of cost-benefit analysis as a technology of governance.

Scale, space, and subjecthood: Methods for understanding plantations as ecological form and enduring logic

Sophie Chao
Jan 31, 2024
In this post, Sophie Chao summarises the key issues discussed at a three-part panel on “Plantations and epistemic imperialism” held at the 4S/ECOSITE conference in Cholula, Mexico, in December 2022, and published in revised form in January 2024 as a collection of essays in radical geography journal Antipode’s Intervention series.

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Recent Member Publications - February 2024 update

Feb 19, 2024
Recent publications by 4S members. If you would like to feature a recent publication on a future edition of this monthly list, please use this form: https://members.4sonline.org/members/form.php?orgcode=4S&fid=5679535. Access is restricted to the 4S community.

CFP: European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW)

Feb 19, 2024
The European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW) is an international venue on practice-centred computing and the design of cooperation technologies. This year, the 22nd edition of ECSCW will take place in Rimini, Italy, from 17 to 21 June 2024.

Research fellowship (post-doc level) at the University of Milan, for a project on The European Health Data Space: Anticipating Ethical, Governance and Socio-Political Challenges.

Feb 19, 2024
The research project is aimed at scrutinizing the impact and anticipating challenges arising from the implementation of the Regulation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS), which is poised to have transformative effects for health research and care systems in Europe (Marelli et al., Health Policy 2023). By means of an interdisciplinary approach based on qualitative research, data governance, and research ethics methodologies, we will engage with key stakeholders in the health and policy doma...

CSSM PhD School in June 2024

Feb 19, 2024
The Centre for the Social Study of Microbes<https://www.socialmicrobes.org/> is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications to our annual PhD School in Helsinki on June 12-14, 2024. The PhD School is a unique opportunity to develop your current research in a supportive atmosphere, get mentoring from CSSM researchers, and meet others exploring similar questions.