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Society for Social Studies of Science

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.

All About 4S Membership

For renewals, the member directory, and meeting registration, visit the Member Portal.

4S News

4S President’s message – April 2017


Support for non-US citizens traveling to the 4S conference, Pluralizing Language at 4S Boston 2017, Pluralizing Language in the Age of Trump and Brexit: An Invitation for the Upcoming 4S Conference (and beyond), Enacting Environmental Data Justice – EDGI 4S Pre-Meeting Event


2018 Edge Prize Nominations Requested


The David Edge Prize is awarded annually for the best article in the area of science and technology studies. Nominations may be made by any member of the society and by editors of journals in the field of STS. Articles may also be self-nominated. Deadline for nominations is May 1, 2017 to (...more)

Call for Nominations: 6S Representatives Deadline 4/30!


Interested in being a student representative to the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Council? Apply now! Details at


4S Endorses March for Science


4S endorses the April 22 March for Science, and its support for scientific research and education, evidence-based policy-making, and the upkeep and public accessibility of data needed to understand societal problems.



Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.

Researching Sprawling ‘Mobile’ Infrastructures in Nairobi

Reflections / Prince K. Guma

title Mobile technology production and development, mobile-based infrastructural engagements, and mobile money markets are increasingly becoming key signifiers for African cities' identity.

Q&A: Global Trouble

Reflections / Scott Macleod

title At some level I have to say, I don’t want to hear, I don’t want to know, how much you feel that you hate the other, or that you are sure the other hates you. I actually think there are global obligations, and also territorial obligations, to live with other people we may not love and to honor their equal right to live there too.

Silenced Issues 3: Silenced Issues in Academic Publishing

Reflections / Joshua Pitt

title Joshua Pitt problematizes the ways in which voices and issues remain silenced through inherent and prevailing biases in academic publishing.

Revealing fact and reinforcing faith: Gravitational waves and religion in India

Report-backs / Joseph Satish V

title Reflections on the engagements between science and religion in Indian society following the discovery of gravitational waves

Performing Moral Stories through Bodyweight

Reflections / Michael Penkler

title Bodyweight 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.

Call for Nominations: 6S Representatives Deadline 4/30!

Report-backs / Posted by Madeleine Pape and Amanda Windle on behalf of 6S

title Student 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.

Silenced Issues 2: Stumbling upon a History of STS Concepts in Aboriginal Australia

Reflections / Helen Verran

title In the second entry in the "Silenced Issues" series Helen Verran reports about Leigh Star and her distributed self in Aboriginal Australia.

Extending the ‘14 day rule’ on embryo use for research? Conferences as mobilising points

Reflections / Neil Stephens and Rebecca Dimond

title Dr. Neil Stephens and Dr Rebecca Dimond discuss their recent ESTS paper, "Debating CRISPR/cas9 and Mitochondrial Donation: Continuity and Transition Performances at Scientific Conferences."

A Syllabus for Contextualizing Energy Policy Debates

Reflections / Brian Hamilton and Rachel Gross

title Here 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.

IV Encuentro CTS-Chile. Cartografías líquidas y territorios Sociotécnicos.

Report-backs / Gloria Baigorrotegui

title Report of IV Annual Meeting of STS Chilean Community in the University Austral of Chile

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Research Articles

From AIDS to Free Trade Agreements: Knowledge Activism in Thailand’s Movement for Access to Medicines
Gaelle Pascale Krikorian

Real Vegan Cheese and the Artistic Critique of Biotechnology
Rebecca Wilbanks

Ignoring Ignorance: Notes on Pedagogical Relationships in Citizen Science
Michael Scroggins

Review Essays

How Diversity Matters in the US Science and Engineering Workforce: A Critical Review Considering Integration in Teams, Fields, and Organizational Contexts
Laurel Smith-Doerr, Sharla N. Alegria, Timothy Sacc

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Technoscience Updates

The most recent postings to the Profession pages, emailed monthly to 4S members.


Call for Nominations, SIGCIS Computer History Museum Book Prize
Call for Nominations: Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory
New book from Cockerill et al., Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions (Springer, 2017)


Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America.
SLSA: Out of Time
2016-17 International Visitorship Talk Series

Calls for Papers

Call for proposals Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (1976—)
Call for Reviewers


Faculty Position in Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, North Carolina State University
Visiting Assistant Professor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University
Instructional Staff for “Science, Technology, and Public Policy,” Johns Hopkins CTY @ Princeton

Fellowships & Postdocs

Research Associate and Research Assistant posts at Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge
Chancellor’s Fellow in History/Sociology of Biomedicine, University of Edinburgh
One-year Postdoc position in STS at Virginia Tech (Falls Church, VA –– Washington, DC area)