David Edge Prize
Awarded annually for the best article in the area of science and technology studies by the 4S.
This is a new prize created by the 4S Council in August 2008. The fourth annual award will be made at the 4S Annual Meeting in 2013. The author(s) receive(s) an engraved plaque and cash prize.
The Prize is named in memory of David Edge (1932-2003). David was trained in astronomy, and worked with the BBC before becoming the first Director of the Science Studies Unit at the University of Edinburgh in 1966. He had a strong administrative and intellectual role in the development of science and technology studies, as we know it today. He was active with the 4S from its beginning, and served as President and received the Bernal award for lifetime achievement. Throughout his life, David lent his tremendous energy to a broad range of interests and activities. Especially pertinent for this new award was his role as co-founder and long-term editor of Social Studies of Science (1970-2002). He was no ordinary editor: his unparalleled enthusiasm and unique personal touch pervaded even the most routine aspects of editing, and his encouragement and diligent work with new authors helped launch many careers in the field.
Eligibility for the Prize
- Published papers that have undergone peer-review are eligible: This includes papers that have appeared in print journals and in e-journals as well as chapters in edited volumes. In the latter case, proof that the papers have undergone peer-review must be provided. Chapters in monographs (such texts are covered by the 4S book prizes) are not eligible.
- Publication dates: The prize committee will consider papers that appeared in the years 2011 and 2012 in print or electronically (e-journals) in final form. What counts are the ‘official’ publication dates, and not the dates when preprints (electronic or otherwise) are first available.
- Authorship: Single-authored and co-authored articles are eligible. There are no restrictions concerning the author’s professional status.
- Language: Texts published in a language other than English can be considered when an English translation is made available.
- Committee: Membership on the prize committee is ex-officio. The committee chair and other members are nominated by the 4S President. The current 4S President and the 4S secretary are ex-officio members of the committee.
- Nominations: 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 July 1, 2013.
- Award: The award will be announced at the Annual Banquet of the 4S Meeting 2013. The Chair will inform the winner(s) as soon as possible, in order that they may attend the ceremony.
2012 - A.B. Edmonds, "Learning to Love Yourself." Esthetics, Health and Therapeutics in Brazilian Plastic Surgery. Ethnos 74:4(465-489). 2009
2011 - Wen-Hua Kuo, “The Voice on the Bridge: Taiwan’s Regulatory Engagement with Global Pharmaceuticals.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society: an International Journal, vol.3 no.1 (2009), pp.51-72.
2010 – Jason A. Delborne. “Transgenes and Transgressions: Scientific Dissent as Heterogeneous Practice,” Social Studies of Science (2008)
2009 - Alan Irwin. “The Politics of Talk: Coming to Terms with the ‘New’ Scientific Governance,” Social Studies of Science (2006)