What is 4S?
The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is a scholarly society founded in 1975 with an international membership of over 1200. Its main purpose is to bring together those interested in understanding science, technology, and medicine, including the way they develop and interact with their social contexts.
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2015 John Desmond Bernal Prize! Speakers for the Opening Presidential Plenary in Denver? Council action proposed resolution. U.S. members: proposed 45% cut to social sciences at NSF. Denver!(...more)
In August 2014, Council received the proposed resolution “Teaching Evolution in Public Schools.” The final vote was to not accept the resolution.(...more)
The Denver meeting will host more than 1,200 participants over a four-day period. The book exhibit provides editors, publishers and potential authors a chance to meet and discuss new book projects. Attendees depend on the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research and for staying current in the field. The meeting program is a highly valued resource, and full-page ads are available at a reasonable price.(...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 / Yuri Jack Gómez-MoralesThe First National Workshop of Social Studies of Science was held on 7, 8 and 9 April in Bogotá, Colombia
Reflections / Isabella E. WagnerIn scientometrics, visualisations perform in a political environment since they form a colourful reality of an abstract construct that is a product of a long series of previous representation and translation steps
Report-backs / AJ Faas and Tess KulstadThe Risk and Disaster Topical Interest Group within the SfAA addresses risk and disaster-related topics with wider, multi-field appeal.
Reflections / Pablo KreimerPablo Kreimer reflects upon how the development of the STS field in Latin America is structured from a tension, which varies over successive generations, between the political commitment, or the attempts to public intervention, and the creation of a 'rigorous' academic field. He presents some of the main landmarks on the origins of the field in the region, argues that this tension is similar to certain processes that have taken place in North América, and suggests that to create an engaged STS field in the region is still a long journey.
Report-backs / Kean BirchA report on the 3rd Changing Political Economic of Research and Innovation (CPERI) Workshop held at UC San Diego in March 2015, and organized by Charles Thorpe and Martha Lampland from the Science Studies Program there. Originally started by David Tyfield in 2012, the CPERI workshops are an attempt to reinvigorate or renew interest in the political economy of science, research and innovation.
Projects / Hanna Rose ShellA contribution to a material archeology of waste. A heap of ground-up textile waste is the starting point for a book and a series of interconnected short films and interactive media in progress.
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.