Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia (ESOCITE) and Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
Buenos Aires, 20-23 August 2014
Intercontinental Hotel, (City Center)
Held jointly with ESOCITE
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
February 28, 2014: Deadline for Submissions of Individual Papers, Movies, and Session Proposals
The 2014 ESOCITE/4S joint conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The general theme of the conference is “Science in context(s): Souths and Norths”, which refers to the opportunity for STS scholars to meet colleagues (and research traditions) from other parts of the world, giving rise to new dialogues and exchanges.
Individual abstracts and proposals for sessions should emphasize how they will make original and timely contributions to any theme relevant to science and technology studies (STS). The Joint Meeting welcomes papers, session proposals, and events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, and type of public, and which bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new relations and themes.
Apart from traditional research papers, the Joint Meeting conference also welcomes proposals for sessions and papers using ‘new media’ or other forms of new presentation. This year, we plan to hold special sessions in which presentations are in the form of a movie or video. Movie and video submissions should be related to STS. At this stage, a brief description of the movie/video (up to 250 words) and length will suffice.
Due to the ever increasing number of submissions and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, each participant will be limited to only one paper presentation or movie and one other activity (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.
Individual submission abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. Paper titles should not exceed 10 words. Please list five key words to assist the program chair to group individual papers into a session. You may choose to submit your abstract to an open panel where you would prefer your paper to be included, or you can leave panel selection to the program chairs. The call for open panels was issued on November 3rd and received enthusiastic responses from both the ESOCITE and 4S communities. View the full descriptions here.
Session proposal abstracts should have a maximum of 250 words. Each session proposal should contain a summary and rationale, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should be designed to fit two-hour time slots. A typical session will contain six papers or five papers with a discussant. A minimum of three paper abstracts conforming to the above criteria for abstracts must be submitted for a proposed session. The program chairs may assign additional papers to proposed sessions to meet the typical session composition. Each presenter in the session must have a user account in the submission system that includes name, affiliation, and contact information. Session organizers can create user accounts on behalf of their authors, if necessary.
Movie and video submissions must draw on STS scholarship. At this stage, a brief description of the movie/video (up to 250 words) and length will suffice.
The submission period opens on December 16th, 2013 and closes on February 28th, 2014.
- December 16, 2013: Submission opens for individual papers, session proposals and movies/videos.
- February 28, 2014: Deadline for submissions of individual papers, session proposals, and movies/videos.
- April 1, 2014: Acceptance notification.
- April 1 – May 1, 2014: Early registration.
- May 12, 2014: Preliminary program posted.
- July 1, 2014: All presenters must register to be included in the final program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.
- July 21, 2014: Final program posted.
The meeting “home page” is at http://www.4sonline.org/meeting.
Conference Location & Lodging
809 Moreno Street
Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1091AAQ
Tel: (5411) 4340-7100
Hotel Intercontinental is in the heart of Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. InterContinental Buenos Aires brings 1930s sophistication and service to Old Town. It’s easy to feel the Argentinean spirit when you’re so close to cultural mainstays such as tango academies, theatres, traditional coffee shops, and the soccer stadium. The financial district, San Telmo, and the famous Calle Florida shopping street are within walking distance.
Travel to Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has two international airports, International Airport Ministro Pistarini in Ezeiza (EZE) and Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP). There are daily flights to Buenos Aires offered by almost all major airlines (American Airlines, United, Iberia, British Airways, KLM, AirFrance, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Aeromexico, Lan, Delta, AirCanada, Swiss Airlines, and TACA, among others). For information about airlines and airports in Argentina, please visit http://www.aa2000.com.ar/aerolineasinternacionales.aspx.
Call for "Open Panels"
4S and ESOCITE accepted proposals for ‘open panels’. The selected open panels will later be included as part of the formal call for papers. A ‘panel’ is a session of papers that address a shared theme. The purpose of calling for open panels is to stimulate the formation of new networks around topics of interest to the 4S/ESOCITE community. Like any meeting session, an ‘open panel’ is a paper session with a theme and a responsible chairperson(s). The difference is that it is not submitted already filled up with papers. Rather, open panel themes are subsequently included in the call for papers (opening December 15), and authors nominate their paper for one or more panels. An open panel may extend across up to three sessions of five papers each (i.e. a total of maximum 15 papers).
Proposers of open panels commit to work closely with the program chairs to achieve the final composition of their panels, and they must be prepared to chair the panel or suggest colleagues who are willing to do so.
The 4S is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to studying science, technology and society. The annual meeting attracts over 1,000 scholars. Many attendees look forward to the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research, and for staying current in the field. Visit the Exhibitors page for information on how to participate. http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/exhibitors
The Mentorship Program has become a popular part of the 4S conference. The goal of the program is to exchange ideas with junior scholars and support their career development. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the 4S conference. It is hoped that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months. We will match new scholars with more experienced scholars and make an effort to assign mentors outside of one's university. We hope that the mentoring project will allow new scholars to feel more at home in the STS community.
Visit the Mentorship Program registration page for more information and to sign up: http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/mentorship_program
Travel Support for Students
Applications for travel grants open after acceptance notices are sent. See http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/travel_grants