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Society for Social Studies of Science

What is 4S?

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is an international, nonprofit scholarly society founded in 1975. 4S fosters interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship in social studies of science, technology, and medicine (a field often referred to as STS). Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in understanding developments in science, technology, or medicine in relation to their social contexts.

All About 4S Membership

For renewals, the member directory, and meeting registration, visit the Member Portal.

4S News

4S President’s message – February 2017

02/15/2017

Some further reflections on recent political developments in the US

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Statement on U.S. Political Developments

01/31/2017

The 4S Council will be considering various ways in which Society members can express their opposition to U.S. presidential policies, particularly the discriminatory Executive Order of 27 January 2017, which restricts travel into the U.S. by those from seven majority Muslim countries. Most immediately, we would like to open a channel of communication regarding concerns about this year’s 4S conference to be held in Boston from August 30 - September 2nd.

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4S President’s Message – January 2017

01/10/2017

Handbook of Science and Technology Studies to be released Feb 1. Submissions to open soon for the Boston meeting. Directory of Regional and Country STS Scholar Networks and Associations. Proposal to expand 4S Council.

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Backchannels

Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.

IV Encuentro CTS-Chile. Cartografías líquidas y territorios Sociotécnicos.

Report-backs / Gloria Baigorrotegui

title Report of IV Annual Meeting of STS Chilean Community in the University Austral of Chile

Silenced Issues 1: A Story from STS Feminist History

Reflections / Susan Cozzens

title Susan Cozzens, in the first contribution to “Alternative Histories and Practices of STS”, describes how 4S got its first prize named after a woman.

Intractosoma with Sainath Suryanarayanan: New Research in ESTS

Reflections / Aleka Gurel

title Dr. Sainath Suryanarayanan talks about his recent ESTS paper, "Intractosoma: Toward an Epistemology of Complexity Based on Intra-acting Bodies."

Will Populism Kill Your Jetpack?

Reflections / Scott Smith and Georgina Voss

title Preachings from the pulpit of populism promise to summon up a world that existed from the end of World War II until the tech boom of the 1980s.

Segundo Congreso Argentino de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología

Report-backs / Diego Aguiar

title Second Argentine Congress of STS (2016) in The Center for Studies in Science, Technology, Culture and Development (CITECDE for its Spanish Acronym) of the National University of Rio Negro in Patagonia Argentina.

Obama’s legacy in science, technology and innovation

Reflections / Jonathan Coopersmith

title In office Obama was fundamentally an optimist about the potential of science and technology to improve society and safely expand the economy.

Digital Care with Susanna Trnka: New Research in ESTS

Reflections / Aleka Gurel

title Backchannels talks with Professor Susanna Trnka about her new research on young people's use of health apps.

Renewable energy for STS scholarship: the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies

Reviews / Lucy Suchman

title At least one thing that members of the field of STS can look forward to in the new year is the 4th STS Handbook. Its contents reflect the life of STS at this particular historical moment.

Killing Birds

Reflections / Kristoffer Whitney

title Christmas is coming, and with it—in birding circles anyway—comes the “Christmas Bird Count.”

Campo CTS na América latina e domínios psi: pequena crônica de encontros e desencontros.

Reflections / Jimena Carrasca Madarriaga and Arthur Arruda Leal Ferreira

Quanto aos domínios Psi, a proposta é de considerar simetricamente aos saberes e práticas estabelecidos, uma série de práticas fronteiriças menos reconhecidas e em busca de reconhecimento. Assim, serão considerados, por exemplo, estudos referentes aos conhecimentos e práticas das neurociências, psiquiatria, gestão, reabilitação, autoajuda, coaching, entre outros enquanto dispositivos de produção de subjetividades.

New in...


Building Better Ecological Machines: Complexity Theory and Alternative Economic Models
Jess Bier, Willem Schinkel
Digital Care: Agency and Temporality in Young People’s Use of Health Apps
Susanna Trnka
Drawing Out by Drawing Into: Representation and Partnership in a Design-Science Collaboration
Pablo Schyfter
Debating CRISPR/cas9 and Mitochondrial Donation: Continuity and Transition Performances at Scientific Conferences
Neil Stephens, Rebecca Dimond
Intractosoma: Toward an Epistemology of Complexity Based on Intra-acting Bodies
Sainath Suryanarayanan

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Technoscience Updates

The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.

Announcements

New Book: Landmarks in the History of Science (Vernon Press, 2017)
New Book: Why Democracies Need Science - by Harry Collins & Robert Evans (Polity, 2017)
NSF Dear Colleague Letter to encourage Public Participation in STEM Research (PPSR)

Events

Data Publics
Theorizing the Web 2017
“Interdisciplinary Encounters: Exploring Knowledge-Making Across Boundaries”

Calls for Papers

Call for proposals Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (1976—)
Call for Reviewers
Global Infectious Diseases: New Challenges and Solutions

Positions

Lecturer in Social Science for 2017-18, Arizona State University
Core Visiting Asst Professor/Core Renewal Fellow in Science and Technology Studies, Boston College
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Geography, University of Guelph, Canada

Fellowships & Postdocs

Two research fellows in Soc of Science/STS, Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS)
Postdoc, Suppes Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Stanford University
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Design, Wesleyan University