4S Annual Meeting
Denver, Colorado, 11-15 November
Monday, December 15, 2014: Submission opens for open panels
Sunday, January 18, 2015: Submission closes for open panels
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015: Submission opens
Sunday, March 29, 2015: Deadline for submissions of individual papers, session proposals and movies/videos.
Sunday, May 24, 2015: Acceptance notification.
May 25 – August 9, 2015: Early registration.
September 1, 2015: All presenters must register to be included in the program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.
September 13: Program posted
4S has received proposals for ‘open panels’. The selected open panels will later be included as part of the formal call for papers. 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). In contrast to traditional session proposals, it is not submitted already filled up with papers. Rather, open panel topics, once accepted by the program chair, are subsequently included in the call for papers, 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 are volunteering to chair a session of papers related to their topic. Open panel chairs will be informed of the submissions to their panel, and will be consulted in determining the panel's composition. But because of the need to distribute paper submissions over many sessions, the program chair has final authority over which papers will be included in the panel.
For pre-organized sessions, with papers already selected, please submit a conventional session proposal during the February 4 - March 29 submission period.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
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 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 Meeting 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.
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.
New for 2015: Making and Doing Presentations
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. Read the full Call here.
Registration opens after acceptance notices are sent.
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.
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.
Travel Support for Students
Travel grant applications are accepted after paper acceptance notices have been sent.
For information on conference and program practices, acceptance status, and scheduling, contact the Program Chair, Daniel Breslau.
For technical assistance with the submission or registration process, contact the 4S Webmaster.