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.
For renewals, the member directory, and meeting registration, visit the Member Portal.
Bernal, Fleck, and Carson Prizes announced. Call for nominations for President, Council, and student rep.(...more)
4S will runs its annual election in April, seeking to fill seats for four Council members and one 6S (Student Section) representative, all of whom will serve August 2018-August 2021. We will also elect the next President of 4S, who will serve August 2019-August 2021 (serving as President-elect for the coming year).... (...more)
Happy new year! We have important work to do in 2018. Thanks to all of you who have been in touch to share ideas and plans. I appreciate the feedback.
At the 4S Council (quarterly) meeting in early January, we outlined a series of reports that will be shared with 4S members at the end of the...(...more)
Feb 1 deadline for submissions
Now is the time to check our submissions page and decide how you would like to participate in 4sSydney.(...more)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
Reflections / Rebekah CupittRebekah Cupitt reflects on how the foundations of ethnography relate to the digital.
Reflections / Javier GuerreroNarcosubmarinos, una mirada desde los ESCT
Reflections / Tina LooMultispecies ethnographies—of grizzlies in this case—through artistic visualizations let us question our actions in the world and the future we make.
/ Gabriela MarroquínStates of exceptions and anti-mining bodies as mechanisms to stabilized a mining territory
Reflections / Annemarie HoferAnnemarie Hofer shares her first experience at the 4S annual meeting.
Reflections / Gabrielle SamuelGabrielle Samuel argues in this blog post that while ‘hype’ surrounding biomedical research has been abundantly discussed, ‘ethics hype’ has been much less talked about.
Reflections / Joseph Satish VEnvironmental history is yet another important avenue for STS scholars to explore and work with – considering that forests, the environment and “nature” themselves are constructed socially, a theme so often explored in STS theory. This post shares why Joseph Satish feels this is so, based on his visit to the Anglade Institute of Natural History in Kodaikanal, south India.
Report-backs / Surindar Dhesi and Arshad IsakjeeThe ongoing emergency for refugees is having profound and hidden health consequences for thousands of displaced persons who live in informal ‘makeshift’ camps across Europe.
Reflections / Prince K. Guma"Questions need to be posed as to how we ought to (dis)associate and (dis)connect from/with dominant and inextricable narratives, imaginaries and dichotomies if we must accurately subsume the African city within the increasingly precarious global present."
Report-backs / Sam Weiss EvansSam Weiss Evans reports on conversations held at 4S Boston about the challenges and promises of building STS Programs
Making and Doing Politics Through Grassroots Scientific Research on the Energy and Petrochemical Industries
Sara Wylie, Nick Shapiro, Max Liboiron
Materializing Exposure: Developing an Indexical Method to Visualize Health Hazards Related to Fossil Fuel Extraction
Sara Wylie, Elisabeth Wilder, Lourdes Vera, Deborah Thomas, Megan McLaughlin
Participatory Air Monitoring in the Midst of Uncertainty: Residents’ Experiences with the Speck Sensor
Jacob Robert Matz, Sara Wylie, Jill Kriesky
Compromised Agency: The Case of BabyLegs
The Civic Informatics of FracTracker Alliance: Working with Communities to Understand the Unconventional Oil and Gas Industry
Kirk Jalbert, Samantha Malone Rubright, Karen Edelstein
Crowdsourcing Undone Science
A Wary Alliance: From Enumerating the Environment to Inviting Apprehension
Nicholas Shapiro, Nasser Zakariya, Jody Roberts
Game Design as STS Research