Pre-conference Writing Workshop in coordination with the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) meeting Honolulu, Hawaii

Pre-conference Writing Workshop
in coordination with the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) meeting
Honolulu, Hawaii
6-7 November 2023
Call for Applications
Deadline for Applications: Friday 25 August 2023

Seeking early-career scholars for a highly-interactive 1.5-day workshop to take place in the two days before the meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Workshop will draw together journal editors from 4S-affiliated journals – Social Studies of Science; Science, Technology, & Human Values; East Asian Science and Technology Studies; Engaging Science, Technology and Society; Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience; Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology, and Society (TBC); Science & Technology Studies (TBC) – and early-career scholars who are committed to contributing to the internationalization of the field and interested in publishing in English-language STS journals.

Participation is open to PhD students and early-career scholars who are up to five years post-PhD. Applications are particularly encouraged from students and scholars who are based at institutions in the Global South, however this is not a requirement for participation. The workshop will include sessions with the full group that allow students and early-career scholars to hear about the insights and experiences of journal editors, who are also senior scholars in the field, and to become aware of the projects that their peers are engaged in. It will also include small-group sessions in which attendees will receive feedback on a draft article manuscript from the journal editors and from their peers – a conversation that will continue after the workshop, as editors follow up on the progress of attendees and ongoing peer support is encouraged. Information-sharing and structured support, both during the workshop and following it, are designed to overcome well-known obstacles to PhD students and early-career scholars from the Global South in publishing in leading English-language journals in this and other fields. 

Participants will be asked to submit a draft manuscript by 23 October 2023 to receive feedback on during the workshop. In preparing a submission, participants should keep in mind the types of manuscripts published by the seven 4S-affiliated journals. These include, for example, original research articles, substantial discussion papers, short research notes, and review essays.

Timeline for the workshop is:
Submission of Abstracts: 25 August 2023
Communication of Acceptance: 8 September 2023
Submission of draft manuscripts (4,000 to 6,000 words): 21 October 2023
Workshop in Honolulu: 6-7 November 2023
Follow up meeting (virtual): TBD 
This workshop builds from the 2022 pre-conference writing workshop and is supported by the National Science Foundation. (To learn more about the 2022 workshop, read Marina Pitta Lima’s essay, “Writing in STS as a transnational collaborative practice.”) Funding for travel to the conference will be provided for conference participants based at institutions in the Global South (as defined by the UNSSFC). Participants based at institutions in the Global North are encouraged to source funding from their own institutions, and to be in conversation with conference organizers if their participation would only be possible with financial support.
The Workshop participants will be selected by the organizing committee:
Laura Foster, Indiana University Bloomington
Ali Kenner, Drexel University
Aalok Khandekar, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Timothy Neale, Deakin University
Nicole Nelson, University of Wisconsin
TO APPLY: please submit 250-word abstract and 150-word biography via this Google form before 25 August 2023. 

QUESTIONS: please contact the organizing committee at email at 

Published: 07/29/2023