What is 4S?
The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is an international, nonprofit scholarly society founded in 1975. 4S fosters interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship in social studies of science, technology, and medicine (a field often referred to as STS). Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in understanding developments in science, technology, or medicine in relation to their social contexts.
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Bernal Prize Announcement: Hebe Vessuri
Registration now open for 4S 2017 conference
4S sponsorship of March for Science
Support for non-US citizens traveling to the 4S conference, Pluralizing Language at 4S Boston 2017, Pluralizing Language in the Age of Trump and Brexit: An Invitation for the Upcoming 4S Conference (and beyond), Enacting Environmental Data Justice – EDGI 4S Pre-Meeting Event(...more)
The David Edge Prize is awarded annually for the best article in the area of science and technology studies. Nominations may be made by any member of the society and by editors of journals in the field of STS. Articles may also be self-nominated. Deadline for nominations is May 1, 2017 to exhibits-prizes@4Sonline.org... (...more)
Interested in being a student representative to the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Council? Apply now! Details at http://www.4sonline.org/students.(...more)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
Reflections / Mónica LozanoOn February 10, 2017, the philosopher and mathematician Leon Olivé died in Mexico, one of the most important contemporary Mexican thinkers and a reference in Latin America for philosophical and social studies on science and technology.
Reflections / Mariacristina Sciannamblo and Maurizio TeliUsing a participatory design approach, the research consortium of the EU-funded "Commonfare" project rethinks – and critically engages with – the ontological politics of categorizations of poverty.
/ Federico VasenIn the days leading up to Christmas, young researchers and postgraduate students occupied for four days the building of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Buenos Aires demanding more permanent positions for Research and Development in the country
Reflections / James H. CollierWhat is perhaps most puzzling from a strictly epistemological standpoint is that STS recoils from these tropes whenever such politically undesirable elements as climate change deniers or creationists appropriate them effectively for their own purposes.
Reflections / Leo Matteo BachingerThe fourth entry to our ongong series explores and reflects the ways in which data is used to conceal, silence but also bring to the foreground environmental and Climate Change issues.
Reflections / Prince K. GumaMobile technology production and development, mobile-based infrastructural engagements, and mobile money markets are increasingly becoming key signifiers for African cities' identity.
Reflections / Scott MacleodAt some level I have to say, I don’t want to hear, I don’t want to know, how much you feel that you hate the other, or that you are sure the other hates you. I actually think there are global obligations, and also territorial obligations, to live with other people we may not love and to honor their equal right to live there too.
Reflections / Joshua PittJoshua Pitt problematizes the ways in which voices and issues remain silenced through inherent and prevailing biases in academic publishing.
Report-backs / Joseph Satish VReflections on the engagements between science and religion in Indian society following the discovery of gravitational waves
Reflections / Michael PenklerBodyweight is a rich source of ‘moral stories’. In talking about their own and others’ bodies, people not only narrate and negotiate themselves as rational actors and accountable persons, but also hold one another accountable.
"Constructing Worlds: Reflections on Science, Technology, and Democracy (and a Plea for Bold Modesty)"
By Wiebe Bijker
“Amphibious Worlds: Environments, Infrastructures, Ontologies”
--By Casper Bruun Jensen
“The ‘Adaptive Management’ of a New Nature along the Southern English Coastline”
--By Rebecca Empson
“From Gravitational Machine to Universal Habitat: The Drainage Basin and Amphibious Futures in the Chao Phraya Delta”
--By Atsuro Morita
“An Assemblage of Thai Water Engineering: the Royal Irrigation Department’s Museum of Heavy Engineering as a Parliament of Things”
--By Jakkrit Sanghamanee
“Amphibious Encounters: Coral and People in Conservation Outreach in Indonesia”
-By Annet Pauwelussen and G.M. Verschoor
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