What is 4S?
The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is a scholarly society founded in 1975 with an international membership of over 1200. Its main purpose is to bring together those interested in understanding science, technology, and medicine, including the way they develop and interact with their social contexts.
For renewals, the member directory, meeting registration, visit the Member Portal.
Elected representatives lead 6S and represent it on the 4S Council. They are elected in the spring, for a term that lasts approximately 3 years. 6S Representatives will plan at least 3 events at each 4S meeting.(...more)
Edge and Mullins Prizes announced! Denver submissions reminder, including Making and Doing presentations. Call for mentoring award nominations. Call for 6S Rep nominations. Engaging Science, Technology and Society.(...more)
Engaging Science, Technology, and Society is accepting manuscripts!
Submit a proposal for the STS Making and Doing session in Denver!
Nominees for Council?: deadline March 1
Nominees for 2015 4S Mentoring Award?: deadline April 1
Nominees for 6S representative: deadline April 30
Schedule of announcements for prize/award winners
Future meetings—propose to host 2017!
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
Report-backs / AJ Faas and Tess KulstadThe Risk and Disaster Topical Interest Group within the SfAA addresses risk and disaster-related topics with wider, multi-field appeal.
Reflections / Pablo KreimerPablo Kreimer reflects upon how the development of the STS field in Latin America is structured from a tension, which varies over successive generations, between the political commitment, or the attempts to public intervention, and the creation of a 'rigorous' academic field. He presents some of the main landmarks on the origins of the field in the region, argues that this tension is similar to certain processes that have taken place in North América, and suggests that to create an engaged STS field in the region is still a long journey.
Report-backs / Kean BirchA report on the 3rd Changing Political Economic of Research and Innovation (CPERI) Workshop held at UC San Diego in March 2015, and organized by Charles Thorpe and Martha Lampland from the Science Studies Program there. Originally started by David Tyfield in 2012, the CPERI workshops are an attempt to reinvigorate or renew interest in the political economy of science, research and innovation.
Projects / Hanna Rose ShellA contribution to a material archeology of waste. A heap of ground-up textile waste is the starting point for a book and a series of interconnected short films and interactive media in progress.
Report-backs / Mariana Fossatti and Jorge GemettoMaking Change Bogotá, Colombia, was part of an international long-term research driven by Leuphana Centre for Digital Cultures, which seeks to question the hegemonic ways of understanding change by conducting intensive workshops where activists, academics and artists from different countries participate. In Bogotá the event was organized in collaboration with Karisma Foundation and the Javeriana University. (Spanish, with English summary)
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.