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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Mullins and Edge Prize Announcements. David Hakken Fund, Meeting News, 4S Statement of Purpose, President and Council Elections(...more)
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)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
Reflections / Xaq FrohlichThis summer when you attend the 4S Conference in Barcelona, I recommend a visit to La Boquería food market just off La Rambla. You might notice that much of the food there is not actually Mediterranean, but rather “ethnic” immigrant foods. I encourage you to read the label of that “extra virgin” olive oil bottle on your table when you dine out, to see whether it is from local Arbequina olives in Catalonia, or the more fiery Picual variety from Andalusia. Partake of the very Mediterranean tradition of “sobremesa,” socialising with others at the dinner table, a significant lifestyle factor some diet scientists worry isn’t accounted for in nutrition studies of the Mediterranean diet. And you should enjoy the “pintxos” from the Basque country or “jamónserrano" from interior regions of Teruel and Extremadura. And as you do, you can ask yourself, is this the Mediterranean diet? And if so, does that make it good for me? Whether or not it is, I promise you, it tastes good.
Projects / Don IhdeBarcelona marks the ninth year for postphenomenology research panels at 4S. Don Ihde highlights the research that will be presented in Barcelona this year.
Projects / Katie Vann and Daniel Lee KleinmanEngaging Science, Technology, and Society offers two new genres of peer-reviewed scholarly work––Critical Engagements and Considering Concepts––that allow scholars to speak to STS issues and audiences in new ways.
Projects / Yelena GluzmanThe Fourth Edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies is coming. Here, the editors reflect on putting it together, and give a sneak peek of the Table of Contents.
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.
Reflections / Janny Chang, PhDBeing part of today's scientific world poses great challenges for all scientists given its complex system of merit allocation and the high competition for jobs and research funding. Janny Chang from Africa's "Next Einstein Forum" discusses the implications for African scientists and their struggles with the current system inequalities in the light of Africa's colonial legacy.
/ Myanna LahsenMyanna Lahsen analyzes the re-envisioning processes that gave rise to a new international research program which seeks to bring the social sciences into the center of research on global environmental change
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.
Positioning the Field: STS Futures (Introduction), Steven Epstein, Guest Editor
Situating STS and Thinking Ahead, Adele E. Clarke
Seizing the Digital, Janet Vertesi
Discursive Contextures of Science: Euro/West-Centrism and Science and Technology Studies, Amit Prasad
But Is It Sociology? Monica J. Casper
Bridgework: STS, Sociology, and the “Dark Matters” of Race, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz
The Floating Ampersand: STS Past and STS to Come, Sheila Jasanoff
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.