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STS Making and Doing Call for Submissions - DRAFT


After receiving comments from the 4S membership, the Making and Doing Committee will make final edits as appropriate and then formally submit the proposal to Council for approval.

STS Making and Doing

Call for Submissions

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...


NSF Funding Threat: Frontiers of Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act


As many U.S. members of 4S are aware, a bill currently under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives would alter basic structures of the National Science Foundation and set specific budgets for each directorate. At the request of President Gary Downey, this message is intended to inform 4S members of several key features of the bill. 

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President’s message #8


4S election—deadline June 24!

We are fortunate to have strong candidates for President (Yuko Fujigaki, Lucy Suchman) and Council (Daniel Breslau, Sungook Hong, Shobita Parthasarathy, Tania Pérez-Bustos, Jody Roberts)!  You should have received by now a link to vote.  If not, please alert our webmaster, Steve Coffee (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by November 15. We hope to make these... (...more)

Handbook of Science and Technology Studies


Call for Chapter Proposals – Due Aug. 15, 2013

Clark A. Miller, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Ulrike Felt, Rayvon Fouche

The editors of the next edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies invite proposals for chapters to be included in the new Handbook.  This edition of the Handbook is expected to appear in 2016, some nine years after the last edition.  Much has happened...


Conference Musings


Dear fellow conferences attendees,

I want to start by stressing how much I have enjoyed and benefited from 4S conferences. This year in particular, I did not attended a single boring, obvious or simple per or talk, I did not meet anybody who was not researching something incredibly interesting; I was constantly moved, stimulated, intrigued and even entertained by all the people and things...


Copenhagen - Style, Design and Great Weather


Meeting Summary by Trevor Pinch

October 24, 2012

If you're just  back from Copenhagen like I am - you're probably exhausted. But nice exhausted as when you've been to a great all night party!  We all wondered whether the CBS was big enough and could cope with the unprecedented numbers (over 1600 registered and many more showing up) The answer is yes they could! There was a worrying moment...


Mullins Prize Presentation 2012


As the Chair of the Nicholas Mullins student paper award committee, I would like to thank the other members of the prize committee, particularly Steve Zehr, for his work in reviewing the many excellent student papers we received last year—66 papers in all.

The winning paper, by Joeri Bruyninckx, entitled “Sound Sterile: Making Scientific Field Recordings in Ornithology” was about birds. I...


Handbook of Science & Technology Studies, Volume 3


The 4S Council has authorized the planning of a fourth volume of the Handbook of Science & Technology Studies for publication in 2015. The Handbook series has drawn together an extensive array of research syntheses with an eye toward defining, or perhaps better, mapping the major intellectual geographies of the field.

In this, the fourth official volume of the Handbook of Science and... (...more)

4S Announces New Journal Editor


The new editor of Science, Technology & Human Values was announced at the 4S meetings in Cleveland. Professor Edward Hackett, Arizona State University, will assume editorial duties effective Summer 2012. Professor Hackett brings a wealth of experience to the position. He was formally on the faculty of the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and... (...more)

4S Announces New Council Members, Prize Winners at 2011 Meeting


New Council members 2011-2014: Leandro Rodriguez Medina, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Kenji Ito

Bernal Prize: Evelyn Fox Keller

Ludwik Fleck Prize: Marion Fourcade, Economists and Societies: Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain and France, 1890s to 1990s. (Princeton, 2009).

Rachel Carson Prize: Lynn M. Morgan, Icons of Life: A Cultural History of Human Embryos. (University of... (...more)

Latin American Interest Group Plans 2014 Meeting


Since the 4S meeting in Montreal in 2006, over 30 STS scholars from various disciplines and countries have participated as organizers, discussants and/or presenters in sessions focused on Latin American science and technology issues. We continue these gatherings at the next 4S annual conference in Cleveland, November 2011 with six paper sessions that feature the Latin American region.

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