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STS Making and Doing Call for Submissions - DRAFT


After receiving comments from the 4S membership, the Making and Doing Committee will make final edits as appropriate and then formally submit the proposal to Council for approval.

STS Making and Doing

Call for Submissions

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites proposed presentations for a new meeting format and related awards called “STS Making and Doing”.

The STS Making and Doing initiative aims at encouraging 4S members to share scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. It highlights scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. By increasing the extent to which 4S members learn from one another about practices they have developed and enacted, the initiative seeks to improve the effectiveness and influence of STS scholarship beyond the field and/or to expand the modes of STS knowledge production.

The STS Making and Doing Award (and two Honorable Mentions) formally acknowledges and celebrates distinctive achievements in practices of STS making and doing. It recognizes 4S members who have demonstrated scholarly excellence in formulating, enacting, and sharing theoretically-informed practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study.

The STS Making and Doing program is organized as part of the 4S annual meeting. Selected presentations will be displayed at an exhibition during the meeting.

STS projects to be considered include but are not limited to the following categories:

  • Policy: STS projects that resulted in policy papers, recommendations, regulations, devices, decision-making practices, or other policy outcomes. Policy arenas include medicine and health, development, infrastructures, and communication in addition to those explicitly oriented to science and technology. 

  • Design and Planning: STS projects that resulted in the design and creation of effective products, graphics, spaces, and landscapes. The outcomes can be large or small in scale, and can be digital in content. They must have been tested empirically.

  • Arts: STS projects that resulted in effective artistic creations, including those in audio-visual format or in public installations and performances. They must have been tested empirically.

  • Pedagogy: STS projects that resulted in effective practices for education and training. They must have been tested empirically.

  • Public discussion and debate: STS projects that resulted in effective contributions to discussion and debate about science and technology by their publics.

  • Other: Design a category name to fit your STS Making and Doing project.


Proposed presentations on STS Making and Doing must include a 400-500 word project description. The project description includes objectives, practices, outcomes, and learning. It must show how the project produces and expresses STS knowledge and expertise.

Criteria for Selection

A subcommittee of the Scientific Committee, appointed by the program chair, will review submission.  The subcommittee will assess the project in terms of four main criteria:

  • Issue of concern: Does the issue fit one or more areas of STS knowledge and expertise?

  • Critical thinking and creativity: Does the project enact critical analysis and contribute to the production and expression of STS knowledge and expertise in creative ways?

  • Conceptual Development: Does the project further the intellectual development of STS concepts and theories?

  • Consequences and Responses: Do the project’s outcomes extend STS knowledge and expertise into the targeted arena? Do the project’s outcomes draw knowledge and expertise from the targeted arena?

Online Preview

Selected presenters will prepare materials for a web-based exhibition prior to the 4S meeting. This online preview will allow both subcommittee members and meeting participants to browse the concepts and exhibit materials prior to 4S meeting. After the 4S meeting, presenters will be invited to update their presentation for a permanent web-based exhibit.


The program chair will reserve a block of time for STS Making and Doing presentations. The event will be organized as a “science fair” exhibit in which selected submissions are displayed in the conference venue. Participants may choose the presentation format as appropriate, constrained by the space occupied by a table. Presentation modes may include inter alia product samples, models and prototypes, mechanical/digital demonstrations, slide shows, and other installations.


The evaluation process will include both the subcommittee and meeting attendees. Both will apply the criteria listed above, and be free to make additional comments as appropriate.

Subcommittee members will conduct a 5-10 minute site review of each presentation, depending upon the number of presenters. The subcommittee will rank all presentations to identify what it considers to be the best three presentations.   

Interested meeting attendees will be encouraged to vote for the best three presentations. The meeting packet will include small dot stickers to be used for this purpose.

The final ranking will be the product of a weighted assessment: 60% from the subcommittee review and 40% from meeting participant votes.