The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites proposed presentations for a new meeting format and related awards called STS Making and Doing.
The STS Making and Doing initiative aims at encouraging 4S members to share scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. It highlights scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. By increasing the extent to which 4S members learn from one another about practices they have developed and enacted, the initiative seeks to improve the effectiveness and influence of STS scholarship beyond the field and/or to expand the modes of STS knowledge production.
The STS Making and Doing Awards formally acknowledge and celebrate distinctive achievements in practices of STS making and doing. It recognizes 4S members who have demonstrated scholarly excellence in formulating, enacting, and sharing theoretically-informed practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study.
The STS Making and Doing program is organized as part of the 4S annual meeting. Selected presentations will be displayed at an exhibition during the meeting.
STS projects to be considered include but are not limited to the following categories:
Proposed presentations on STS Making and Doing must include a 400-500 word project description. The project description includes objectives, practices, outcomes, and learning. It must show how the project produces and expresses STS knowledge and expertise.
Criteria for Selection
A subcommittee of the Scientific Committee will review submissions. The subcommittee will assess the project in terms of four main criteria:
Selected presenters will prepare materials for a web-based exhibition prior to the 4S meeting. This online preview will allow both subcommittee members and meeting participants to browse the concepts and exhibit materials prior to the 4S meeting. After the 4S meeting, presenters will be invited to update their presentation for a permanent web-based exhibit.
The program chair will reserve a block of time for STS Making and Doing presentations. The event will be organized as an STS fair exhibit in which selected submissions are displayed in the conference venue. Participants may choose the presentation format as appropriate, constrained by the space occupied by a table. Presentation modes may include inter alia product samples, models and prototypes, mechanical/digital demonstrations, slide shows, and other installations. Each presentation will be given an A3-sized sheet for meeting attendees to write comments.
The evaluation process will be carried out through qualitative assessment on each contribution. It takes crowd-sourced assessment from meeting attendees as a starting point. Attendees will be encouraged to make comments on each of the presentations as appropriate. Comments can be submitted electronically via the STS Making and Doing website for which they can use their mobile devices. Additionally, computer stations will be set up in the venue to facilitate attendees in making comments. Free wifi connection will be available on site for those using their own device to make comments. In addition to online comments, attendees are able to make comments manually on an A3-size sheet provided in each presentation booth. The committee will evaluate each presentation by applying the criteria listed above and taking into account comments on the presentation. Drawing on suggested criteria from crowd-sourced evaluation, the committee will stipulate three winners for different categories to be awarded the prizes.