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.
For renewals, the member directory, and meeting registration, visit the Member Portal.
US Election afterward. 2017 meeting cycle begins—calls for submissions to come soon. Call for Nominations for 2017 Bernal prize. Call for self-nominations for 4S representatives to AAAS(...more)
4S Blog – Backchannels of STS conversation
In the midst of returning to teaching terms, I thought I would use this month’s message to highlight the resources available – either for your curricula or in the cracks between – in the digital pages of the 4S blog Backchannels. As the editors explain:
Linguists first used the term backchannel to refer to the spontaneous responses and signals that...(...more)
Remarks at the opening of EASST/4S Barcelona 2016. Council changes.(...more)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
Reflections / Julia Alejandra Morales y Santiago Martinez Medina¿What can dead bodies teach to the living? In this entry the authors build on their ethnographic works to reflect on this topic. They also put forward possible lessons from the amphitheatre and anatomy classes in Colombia.
Reflections / Aleka GurelBackchannels interviews Klaus Hoeyer, Aaro Tupasela and Malene Bøgehus Rasmussen about their recent ST&HV paper, “Ethics Policies and Ethics Work in Cross-national Genetic Research and Data Sharing: Flows, Nonflows, and Overflows.”
Projects / Annalisa PelizzaThe European database containing fingerprints of asylum seekers, called Eurodac, is now interoperable with national police authorities’ databases Europe-wide. What are the implications?
Reflections / Amanda WindleCoverage in the press around how the EU Referendum will affect researchers has been heavily skewed towards the sciences, yet there is crucial EU funding available for all areas of research from tech through to the arts. The first impact will be that the research landscape becomes far more labyrinthian for UK researchers. It is already mind-numbingly complicated. But my way of dealing with the complexity has been to get involved, and to advise on priority areas such as the dual need for more research and skills training around audience development via digital means. Through Voices of Culture, I’ve been able to impact on policy and the funding agenda for culture. ... I can only join in with this work because the UK is a member of the EU. Leaving means funding potentially gets smaller, more complicated and we don’t get to input so widely into that agenda. How can UK research remain innovative if we’re not shaping that at the EU level?
Reflections / Michael BoucheyThe prospect of human beings finally setting foot on another heavenly body after over 50 years is creating a great deal of excitement among partisans for spaceflight.
Report-backs / Erika Szymanski and Margarita RayzbergWith new initiatives--and a brand new Facebook page--6S organizers are pursuing ways to promote broad participation.
Projects / Richard D. BeselFrom the interesting experience of Cal Poly, Richard Besel draws lessons for schools that want to establish STS programs.
Reflections / Fredy Mora-Gámez"Revisiting rights restitution and the narratives of peace from STS may also consist of interrogating the technical objects and expert discourses that make possible the promotion of those narratives" / "Una relectura desde los ESCT de la restitución de derechos y las narrativas de paz consiste también en problematizar aquellos objetos técnicos y discursos expertos que precisamente hacen posible promover dichas narrativas"
Reflections / Aleka GurelDr. Luis Reyes-Galindo talks to Backchannels about his recent ST&HV paper, "Molecular Detector (Non)Technology in Mexico."
Reflections / Amanda WindleHowever we choose to name indirect forms of violence whether it is by calling it – flaming, trolling, smearing or slamming — finding new words to express age-old forms of violence towards women is part of the problem.
Impostor Syndrome, a Reparative History
Toward Non-innocent Reassemblies
The Challenges for Us Psychologized Moderns
Jill G. Morawski
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.