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.
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Handbook of Science and Technology Studies to be released Feb 1. Submissions to open soon for the Boston meeting. Directory of Regional and Country STS Scholar Networks and Associations. Proposal to expand 4S Council.(...more)
Submit Open Panel proposals by Jan. 1. 4S 2017
Announcing the Presidential Plenary: ‘Interrogating “the Threat”’
Nominations are sought for 2017 4S Awards. Please see the respective pages for details and procedures.
Nominations for the Bernal Prize are due 31 December.
Nominations for the Infrastructure and Mentoring Awards are due 31 January.
Nominations for the book prizes, Fleck and Carson, are due 1 February.(...more)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
Reflections / Jonathan CoopersmithIn office Obama was fundamentally an optimist about the potential of science and technology to improve society and safely expand the economy.
Reflections / Aleka GurelBackchannels talks with Professor Susanna Trnka about her new research on young people's use of health apps.
Reviews / Lucy SuchmanAt least one thing that members of the field of STS can look forward to in the new year is the 4th STS Handbook. Its contents reflect the life of STS at this particular historical moment.
Reflections / Kristoffer WhitneyChristmas is coming, and with it—in birding circles anyway—comes the “Christmas Bird Count.”
Reflections / Jimena Carrasca Madarriaga and Arthur Arruda Leal FerreiraQuanto aos domínios Psi, a proposta é de considerar simetricamente aos saberes e práticas estabelecidos, uma série de práticas fronteiriças menos reconhecidas e em busca de reconhecimento. Assim, serão considerados, por exemplo, estudos referentes aos conhecimentos e práticas das neurociências, psiquiatria, gestão, reabilitação, autoajuda, coaching, entre outros enquanto dispositivos de produção de subjetividades.
Reviews / Phaedra DaiphaWith insights from the new movie "Sully", Phaedra Daipha sheds light on the vanishing role of the human operator in high risk decision-making environments.
Reviews / Christopher O'NeillFirms like Humanyze and VoloMetrix have experimented with "white collar surveillance" technologies. Christopher O'Neill examines these and other forms of workplace surveillance in a recent article in ST&HV.
Reflections / Madeleine Pape"I continued in graduate study at the University of Michigan, and — intellectual fireworks! — found a vivid site for study: the case of science, specifically women and men in scientific fields."
Reflections / Julia Alejandra Morales y Santiago Martinez Medina¿What can dead bodies teach to the living? In this entry the authors build on their ethnographic works to reflect on this topic. They also put forward possible lessons from the amphitheatre and anatomy classes in Colombia.
Reflections / Aleka GurelBackchannels interviews Klaus Hoeyer, Aaro Tupasela and Malene Bøgehus Rasmussen about their recent ST&HV paper, “Ethics Policies and Ethics Work in Cross-national Genetic Research and Data Sharing: Flows, Nonflows, and Overflows.”
Building Better Ecological Machines: Complexity Theory and Alternative Economic Models
Jess Bier, Willem Schinkel
Drawing Out by Drawing Into: Representation and Partnership in a Design-Science Collaboration
Debating CRISPR/cas9 and Mitochondrial Donation: Continuity and Transition Performances at Scientific Conferences
Neil Stephens, Rebecca Dimond
Intractosoma: Toward an Epistemology of Complexity Based on Intra-acting Bodies
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.