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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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)
4S Boston Meeting Update - 4S Council Nominations now open - Metrics and the latest issue of ESTS(...more)
Some further reflections on recent political developments in the US(...more)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
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.
Report-backs / Posted by Madeleine Pape and Amanda Windle on behalf of 6SStudent Section of the Society for Social Studies of Science (6S) is now accepting self-nominations for a new representative. The tentative deadline for nominations is April 15, 2017.
Reflections / Helen VerranIn the second entry in the "Silenced Issues" series Helen Verran reports about Leigh Star and her distributed self in Aboriginal Australia.
Reflections / Neil Stephens and Rebecca DimondDr. Neil Stephens and Dr Rebecca Dimond discuss their recent ESTS paper, "Debating CRISPR/cas9 and Mitochondrial Donation: Continuity and Transition Performances at Scientific Conferences."
Reflections / Brian Hamilton and Rachel GrossHere we follow the examples of other scholars who have contributed to public conversation by creating accessible syllabi (for example, the University of Minnesota’s brand-new #ImmigrationSyllabus) that compile academic and non-academic readings to contextualize contemporary debates.
Report-backs / Gloria BaigorroteguiReport of IV Annual Meeting of STS Chilean Community in the University Austral of Chile
Reflections / Susan CozzensSusan Cozzens, in the first contribution to “Alternative Histories and Practices of STS”, describes how 4S got its first prize named after a woman.
Reflections / Aleka GurelDr. Sainath Suryanarayanan talks about his recent ESTS paper, "Intractosoma: Toward an Epistemology of Complexity Based on Intra-acting Bodies."
Reflections / Scott Smith and Georgina VossPreachings from the pulpit of populism promise to summon up a world that existed from the end of World War II until the tech boom of the 1980s.
After Big Data Failed: The Enduring Allure of Numbers in the Wake of the 2016 US Election
Yanni Loukissas, Anne Pollock
Implicated in the Indicator Game? An Experimental Debate
Maximilian Fochler, Sarah de Rijcke
Like Cream: Valuing the Invaluable
Surplus and Indicator
Bridging the Evaluation Gap
Simple Resistance is Not an Option: Playing and Transforming the Indicator Game
Daniel Lee Kleinman
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.