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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.

All About 4S Membership

For renewals, the member directory, and meeting registration, visit the Member Portal.

4S News

4S President’s message – August 2016

08/27/2016

Infrastructure and Mentoring Award Announcements, 4S Election Results, Fourth Handbook of Science and Technology Studies in press – Roundtable at EASST/4S 2016, Call for interest in program organizing for 4S 2018 in Sydney, Australia

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President’s Message, July 2016

07/14/2016

Mullins and Edge Prize Announcements. David Hakken Fund, Meeting News, 4S Statement of Purpose, President and Council Elections

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President’s Message, June 2016

06/10/2016

Carson and Fleck Prize Announcements

It is my great pleasure to announce the two recipients of this year’s 4S book prizes!

Gabrielle Hecht (University of Michigan, US) is the winner of the 2016 Rachel Carson Prize for her book Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade (2012 MIT Press). The Carson Prize is awarded for an outstanding book length work of social or political relevance...

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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.

Michael Lynch / Part II: That Delicate Balance

Reflections Report-backs / Michael Lynch in conversation with Lucy Suchman

title In Part II of his conversation with 4S President Lucy Suchman, Bernal Prize winner Michael Lynch speaks about his early work and looks ahead to future projects.

Michael Lynch / Part I: Coming of Age

Reflections Report-backs / Michael Lynch in conversation with Lucy Suchman

title Michael Lynch was awarded the 2016 Bernal Prize for his important contribution to science and technology studies. Here, in conversation with 4S President Lucy Suchman, he reflects on his, and the field's, coming of age.

Reflexões do workshop brasileiro sobre Mudanças Climáticas e Estudos Sociais da Ciência e Tecnologia

Report-backs / Jean Hochsprung Miguel

title A growing number of Brazilian and South American research groups have been exploring the links between science and technology and climate policy. Informal networks have been set up and culminated in the Workshop on Climate Change, Technoscience and Society, which took place in April 11 and 12 at the University of Campinas (State of São Paulo, Brazil). The main objective of this meeting was to bring together STS researchers interested in the production of climate knowledge from South American perspectives. The meeting enabled a diagnosis of emergent initiatives of the Brazilian ans South American scientific communities and governmental institutions for responding the social and scientific challenges posed by climate change.

Rethinking Value in the Bio-economy with Kean Birch: New Research in ST&HV

/ Aleka Gurel

title Professor Kean Birch, from York University, talks to Backchannels about his recent paper for ST&HV, "Rethinking 'Value' in the Bio-Economy: Finance, Assetization and the Management of Value."

4S Preview: Engaging STS Studies for Inclusive Development

Projects / Gabriela Bortz and Hernan Thomas

title What is the role of Science and Technology studies and STS scholars in promoting, advocating, and building pathways towards inclusive and sustainable development?

4S Preview: Re-configuring Knowledge Practices: Folding Margins and Norms into Dynamic Hybridity

Projects / Ellen K Foster and Karin Patzke

title Action, Interaction and Change (or what our 4S title session really means).

4S Preview: Sensing, Walking and Embodiment With and By Technologies—A Track Away From the Desk

Projects / Christopher Peter Wood

title How do we move away from the desk (and the projector) to convey more of the subtle interactions which take place between bodies, technologies and their physical situations?

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

Projects / Abby Kinchy

A roundtable discussion with the editors of the fourth edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies will take place on September 1 at 12:30 pm, with lunch provided to the first 40 audience members.

4S Preview: Governing Scientific Excellence

Projects / Alex Rushforth, Laurens Hessels, Ruth Müller, Sarah de Rijcke, Thomas Franssen, Tjitske Holtrop & Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner

Despite growing interest, as an object of study ‘excellence’ discourses, policies, and instruments remain somewhat difficult to pin down. This is at least partly due to the term itself being something of an ambiguous container concept.

4S Preview: Valuation Practices at the Margins as a Centre of Attention

Projects / Kristin Asdal, C-F Helgesson, Freyja Knapp, Francis Lee, and Steve Woolgar

How is ‘what counts as valuable’ established in valuation practices, and by what criteria? What and who participate in such ventures and what are the effects?

New in...


Your New Best Frenemy: Hello Barbie and Privacy Without Screens
Meg Leta Jones
Impostor Syndrome, a Reparative History
Dana Simmons
Toward Non-innocent Reassemblies
Michelle Murphy
The Challenges for Us Psychologized Moderns
Jill G. Morawski
Repair Work
Dana Simmons

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Technoscience Updates

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

Announcements

New Dear Colleague Letter from the NSF Social and Behavioral Sciences directorate
Two special issues on ‘Science and Science Fiction’ by the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
New Volume honoring Leigh Star wins 2016 Best Information Science Book Award

Events

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Infrastructure History and the Social Sciences
CRITIQUE-RESIST-TRANSFORM: Feminist Scholar Activism and the New View Campaign
Stop Making Sense: A conversation between sensory and social science about food and drink

Calls for Papers

JLS/CONFIGURATIONS “DOUBLE ISSUE”
Special Issue of Design Issues: Organizing provocation, conflict and appropriation
Visual Data as Accountability, Resistance, and Surveillance

Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology The New School for Social Research
Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario
Assistant Professor in Political Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara

Fellowships & Postdocs

Postdocs in Society and Neuroscience Program, Columbia University
Postdoctoral Fellowships, Science in Human Culture Program Northwestern University
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Team Science, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University