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4S Preview: Free Lunch at the Handbook of STS Roundtable

Abby Kinchy

16 August, 2016

We just got some exciting news about the upcoming 4S/EASST conference and the forthcoming Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (4th Edition). We recently posted an interview with the editors of the Handbook, where they hinted at a special event at 4S.

We are organizing a pre-launch event that will occur at the 4S/EASST conference in Barcelona at the beginning of September. We will invite one author from each of the five sections of the Handbook ...The event will focus on issues that cut across the volume and how we think this handbook reflects the current moment and trajectory of STS as a field. We will ask the authors to reflect on how they approached their topic in order to turn it into a handbook chapter, their key argument(s), and any pleasant surprises they encountered in writing about developments in the field. This is likely to be a lunchtime session--so do look it up once the program is out!

Well, not only is it a lunchtime session, I've just learned that lunch wil be provided for the first 40 audience members! This is sponsored by Arizona State University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and University of Vienna! So, hungry grad students and everyone else who likes free food and stimulating discussion about the field should be sure to put this on their conference schedules. It will take place on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 12:30 pm. The full information is now in the conference program.

I've also learned that there is now more information about the publication of the Handbook. The MIT Press is publishing it, with a release date of December 2, 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-262-03568-2). Coolest thing: individual chapters will be downloadable.

So, see you all at the Handbook roundtable on September 1!

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