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.
As many of you have have heard me say before, I deeply appreciate the diverse places from which STS comes, and think STS knowledge has great theoretical as well as practical relevance in the contemporary world. I hope to help build 4S community and organizational capacity that supports STS teaching, research and practice in different contexts, while continuing to build STS across borders of many kinds.(...more)
Infrastructure and Mentoring Award Announcements, Mentors needed in Boston, 4S 2017 Welcome Demonstration, Expert Review call, IPCC Special Report on Global Warming(...more)
Mullins and Edge Prize Announcements. 4S Council election results. Registration news and Preliminary Program for 4S 2017. Support for non-US Travelers to 4S 2017 .(...more)
The theme of the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science—Transnational STS – encourages presentations, panels, and other events that deepen and extend the transnational character of the Society itself.(...more)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
Reflections / Michaela SpencerMichaela Spencer reports back on her experience of creating with Yirriṉiṉba ‘Yinin’ Dhurrkay an abstract in Aboriginal language – and a potential opening within 4S for Yolngu epistemic sensibilities to be listened to and respected.
Report-backs / Manuel TironiMeeting to propose different ways of thinking and discussing the anthropocene in Chile
Report-backs / Wen-Hua KuoA synthesis of Provincializing Forum its reflections and contributions available until 2 September.
Projects / Mitali Thakor and Stephen MolldremWe continue to conceptualize these meetups as part of a much broader set of activities focused on building queer approaches within STS and supporting the emotional labor of individuals who are actively involved in this work.
Report-backs / Alison MarlinAlison Marlin uses two ethnographic encounters with rocks – by Helen Verran and Sophia Roosth – to reflect on the stories these seemingly unlively objects may hold.
Reflections / Aleka GurelProfessor Nassim JafariNaimi discusses her recent ST&HV article, "Our Bodies in the Trolley’s Path, or Why Self-driving Cars Must *Not* Be Programmed to Kill."
Reflections / David BanksInverse has a short thing about the precipitous decline of reported close encounters with extra-terrestrials following the widespread adoption of smartphones. Author Ryan Britt asks, “How come there have been fewer reports of flying saucers and alien abductions in the age of the camera phone?” David Banks finds in his contribution to "Cyborgology" another answer.
Report-backs / Madeleine PapeMadeleine Pape asked the three organizers – Savina Balasubramanian, Omri Tubi, and Kevin Baker – of the graduate conference "Science, Technology, and the Politics of Knowledge" to share their insights in organizing such an event.
Reviews / Dr Jonathan SilverAccording to Jonathan Silver, "Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic" makes a significant contribution to the global history of cotton and our understandings about the long durée of capitalism.
Reflections / Jess AuerbachIt’s not often that you get to create a new university from scratch.
Building for Biology: A Gene Therapy Trial Infrastructure
By Samuel Taylor-Alexander, Courtney Addison
The Ethics of Translational Science: Imagining Public Benefit in Gene-Environment Interaction Research
By Sara L. Ackerman, Katherine Weatherford Darling, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Robert A. Hiatt, Janet K. Shim
The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.