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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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...(...more)
Bernal Prize to Michael Lynch. In Memoriam: David Hakken(...more)
6S Workshop funded. 4S/ASIST collaboration. Campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons.(...more)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
No se puede hablar de una ciencia para la paz sin saber qué ciencia se ha hecho en tiempos de guerra
Reflections / Lina Pinto-GarcíaBased on the work of six researchers, this text suggests that the field of social studies of science and technology (STS) can contribute to exploring the relationship between science and the Colombian armed conflict, investigating the kind of scientific knowledge that has been produced in the context of the war, and thinking about the type of science that needs to take place in order to build a peaceful and equal society
Reflections / Mark MoritzThe streetlight effect is one factor that prevents big data studies from being useful in the real world – especially studies analyzing easily available user-generated data from the Internet.
Report-backs / Mel Jeske and Derek ParrottThe STGlobal Consortium is an STS conference by students, for students. Melanie Jeske and Derek Parrot report back on STGlobal 2016.
Report-backs / Lizzie SayerThe third edition of the Ethnografilm Festival took place from the 29th of March to the 2nd April 2016 at Ciné 13, Paris. With around 100 films and footage shot in a several dozen countries worldwide, the Ethnografilm Festival is a unique free festival for directors of documentary films that build understanding of social realities.
Reflections / Rahul MukherjeeThe Bhopal disaster remains present in the lives of Indian "chemical publics."
Reflections / Shobita ParthasarathyIt’s time to consider a more nuanced approach to patents in biotech, one that disentangles innovation and the public interest from profits.
Report-backs / Yelena GluzmanAt a recent ethnography workshop held by the Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design at UC Davis, organizers moved away from the materials of design and drew instead from the methods of theater.
Projects / Maria RentetziBoxes usually bring to mind storage and transportation; the orderly arrangement of valuable museums and archives holdings. Boxes contain our lives’ innocent and guilty little pleasures: brownies, cookies, tobacco, cigarettes, forbidden letters.
Reviews / Yelena GluzmanThe cards were there to be peered at and handled, and mounted lights and magnifying glasses allowed for an intimate examination of the texture and detail in each. The mise-en-scène of the cards figured them as specimens, and us as naturalists. Yet the task of the naturalist—to organize specimens into coherent relations—was also the work being done by the cards themselves.
Report-backs / Gloria Baigorrotegui, Juan Felipe Espinoza & Martín Pérez ComissoDuring the 13 to 15 of January it was held, at the School of Business at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, the Third Meeting of the STS-Chilean Network. Given the public uprisings that have taken place since 2011 in Chile, and given the new forms of collective action seen in our country, we agreed to convene the meeting under the theme "Citizenship, Collective, Knowledge and Power: Achievements and Challenges for Science, Technology and Society Studies.
Reflections / ElHassan ElSabryIn November 2015, the Egyptian government announced an initiative to provide nationwide access to a multitude of knowledge resources (k-12 curricula, scholarly journals, eBooks, educational videos ... etc.) claiming that it is "“the biggest digital library in the world". ElHassan ElSabry, an Egyptian researcher in the field of scholarly communication and Open Access, provides some thoughts on the issue and the project's ability to fulfill its promise.
Ongoing Engagement of Science, Technology and Society. Daniel Lee Kleinman, Katie Vann
Lateral Concepts. Christopher Gad, Casper Bruun Jensen
STS and Researcher Intervention Strategies. Brian Martin
If Intervention Is Method, What Are We Learning? Teun Zuiderent-Jerak
STS Interventions: Preparing, Defending, Learning. Brian Martin
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.