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Society for Social Studies of Science

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.

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4S News

Call for Nominations: 6S Representatives

04/05/2015

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.

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President’s message #17 March 2015

03/19/2015

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.

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President’s message #16

02/09/2015

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!

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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.

Report on the 3rd CPERI Workshop, San Diego, March 2015

Report-backs / Kean Birch

title A 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.

Textile Waste and Audiovisual STS

Projects / Hanna Rose Shell

title A 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.

Making Change Bogotá una reflexión desde Ártica Uruguay

Report-backs / Mariana Fossatti and Jorge Gemetto

title Making 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)

Write2Know Campaign: Making and Doing in STS

Projects / Max Liboiron

title Write2know highlights STS scholars’ roles in civic participation and STS as an practice of “making and doing” politics in and through science.

STS’s Image Problem

Reflections / Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone

title As we move away from intrapersonal learning and growth into the realm of hope how can...images serve? Participate? And how can they do it better?

Workshop: Markets for Collective Concerns - Copenhagen Business School, Dec. 11-12, 2014

Report-backs / Daniel Breslau

title In our current era, states are more frequently turning to market mechanisms to achieve social aims. Rather than socializing unmet needs, states are establishing new markets to correct the failures of old markets; markets as interventions, markets upon markets.

6S: The Graduate Student Organization of 4S, Revitalized

Reflections / Bryn Whitely

title 2015 marks a year of revitalization for 6S, the student organization of 4S. To this end, we are planning to host three events at the upcoming 4S meeting in Denver.