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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 – October 2017


4S Community,

As extreme events surround us (with floods, fires, guns and sexism, among other threats), the significance of STS and 4S is all the more clear to me. We have lots to work on!

Towards this, discussion at the 4S Council fall meeting focused on the long range and big picture, considering an array of...


New Publisher Discounts


The MIT Press is now offering 4S members 30% discounts on STS books and individual journal subscriptions.


Call for Open Panels


4S Sydney, Aug 29-Sep 1st 2018. Deadline for Submission: November 1st, 2017. Open panel topics, once accepted by the Program Committee, will be included in the general call for papers that will open on Dec 1st.


4S President’s message – September 2017


As many of you have have heard me say before, I deeply appreciate the diverse places from which STS comes, and think STS knowledge has great theoretical as well as practical relevance in the contemporary world.  I hope to help build 4S community and organizational capacity that supports STS teaching, research and practice in different contexts, while continuing to build STS across borders of many kinds.



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

Silenced Issues 5| Coming to Terms with the Colorblindness of Contemporary STS

Reflections / Michael Mascarenhas

title "White privilege abounds in STS. We need to look no further than our STS departments and programs." Michael Mascarenhas unmasks the "white spaces in the black box" of contemporary STS.

Building STS Programs: Notes From an Initial Meeting

Report-backs / Sam Weiss Evans

Sam Weiss Evans reports on conversations held at 4S Boston about the challenges and promises of building STS Programs

Segundo Coloquio colombiano en estudios sociales de la ciencia: hacer la paz en un mundo posverdad

Report-backs / GESCTM Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Con el fin de ampliar y situar los debates sobre el postconflicto en Colombia y las discusiones sobre posverdad, algunos de los grupos en Colombia con agendas CTS/STS organizaron el Segundo Coloquio Nacional de Estudios Sociales de las Ciencias y las Tecnologías entre el 21 y el 23 del pasado Septiembre en Bogotá. (English version available)

Engendering Alice and Bob

Reflections / Quinn DuPont and Alana Cattapan

title Quinn DuPont and Alana Cattapan critically engage with the fictional characters of Alice and Bob. Characters that are meant to convey complex concepts – and thereby represent and reinforce gender norms in fields where women are already few.

The Space Between with Elina Mäkinen

Reflections / Aleka Gurel

Dr. Elina Mäkinen discusses her recent ST&HV article, "Action in the Space Between: From Latent to Active Boundaries."

Describing and intervening: Exploring the plurality of STS in India

Report-backs / Joseph Satish V

title Notes from a workshop and public lecture in the University of Hyderabad in India, where Prof. Wiebe Bijker engaged with themes around science, knowledge and responsible research.

Editorial Director Ken Wissoker on why he loves peer review

Reflections / Ken Wissoker

title I always urge a symptomatic approach. Why would someone suggest that something needed to be done at all? What wasn’t working that required a solution? It’s the author’s manuscript!

A Yolngu matha translation for 4S Sydney

Reflections / Michaela Spencer

title Michaela Spencer reports back on her experience of creating with Yirriṉiṉba ‘Yinin’ Dhurrkay an abstract in Aboriginal language – and a potential opening within 4S for Yolngu epistemic sensibilities to be listened to and respected.

The Anthropocene in Chile: notes from an experimental thinkshop

Report-backs / Manuel Tironi

Meeting to propose different ways of thinking and discussing the anthropocene in Chile

Provincializing STS: an EASTS Forum on how East Asia complicates the STS Landscape

Report-backs / Wen-Hua Kuo

A synthesis of Provincializing Forum its reflections and contributions available until 2 September.

New in...

Making and Doing Politics Through Grassroots Scientific Research on the Energy and Petrochemical Industries
Sara Wylie, Nick Shapiro, Max Liboiron
Materializing Exposure: Developing an Indexical Method to Visualize Health Hazards Related to Fossil Fuel Extraction
Sara Wylie, Elisabeth Wilder, Lourdes Vera, Deborah Thomas, Megan McLaughlin
Participatory Air Monitoring in the Midst of Uncertainty: Residents’ Experiences with the Speck Sensor
Jacob Robert Matz, Sara Wylie, Jill Kriesky
Compromised Agency: The Case of BabyLegs
Max Liboiron
The Civic Informatics of FracTracker Alliance: Working with Communities to Understand the Unconventional Oil and Gas Industry
Kirk Jalbert, Samantha Malone Rubright, Karen Edelstein
Crowdsourcing Undone Science
Gwen Ottinger
A Wary Alliance: From Enumerating the Environment to Inviting Apprehension
Nicholas Shapiro, Nasser Zakariya, Jody Roberts
Game Design as STS Research
Joseph Dumit
Living with Oil and Gas and Practicing Community Conducted Science
Deborah Thomas

New in...

Technoscience Updates

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


New Book from Susan Merrill Squier, Epigenetic Landscapes (Duke University Press, 2017)
New Book: Meloni et al., The Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
New Book by Jennifer Terry, Attachments to War (Duke University Press, 2017)


Sensing the Voices of Others
CALL FOR PAPERS 2018 American Association of Geographers
WTMC Workshop (Re)inventing Responsibility and Innovation

Calls for Papers

Lecturer or Assistant Professor (General Faculty) Department of Engineering and Society, UVa
World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council:  A Research Competition
CFP: Science Studies and the Blue Humanities.


Assistant/Associate Professor in Intersectional Surveillance Studies, Queen’s University, Canada
Lecturer in Computing and Information Science, Cornell University
Lecturer in Sociology (Education & Research), University of Exeter

Fellowships & Postdocs

Fellowships at Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University
2018 Call for post-doctoral positions, IFRIS (France)
Postdoc in societal aspects of new digital technologies, Arizona State University