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Society for Social Studies of Science

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.

All About 4S Membership

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

4S News

President’s Message, July 2016


Mullins and Edge Prize Announcements. David Hakken Fund, Meeting News, 4S Statement of Purpose, President and Council Elections


President’s Message, June 2016


Carson and Fleck Prize Announcements

It is my great pleasure to announce the two recipients of this year’s 4S book prizes!

Gabrielle Hecht (University of Michigan, US) is the winner of the 2016 Rachel Carson Prize for her book Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade (2012 MIT Press). The Carson Prize is awarded for an outstanding book length work of social or political relevance...


President’s Message, May 2016


Bernal Prize to Michael Lynch. In Memoriam: David Hakken



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

4S Preview: Free Lunch at the Handbook of STS Roundtable

Projects / Abby Kinchy

A roundtable discussion with the editors of the fourth edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies will take place on September 1 at 12:30 pm, with lunch provided to the first 40 audience members.

4S Preview: Governing Scientific Excellence

Projects / Alex Rushforth, Laurens Hessels, Ruth Müller, Sarah de Rijcke, Thomas Franssen, Tjitske Holtrop & Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner

Despite growing interest, as an object of study ‘excellence’ discourses, policies, and instruments remain somewhat difficult to pin down. This is at least partly due to the term itself being something of an ambiguous container concept.

4S Preview: Valuation Practices at the Margins as a Centre of Attention

Projects / Kristin Asdal, C-F Helgesson, Freyja Knapp, Francis Lee, and Steve Woolgar

How is ‘what counts as valuable’ established in valuation practices, and by what criteria? What and who participate in such ventures and what are the effects?

4S Preview: Bioinformation management in data driven medicine

Projects / Karoliina Snell, Ilpo Helén and Aaro Tupasela

Examining the premises and promises of the new data-driven health paradigm

4S preview: Pharmaceuticals Out of Bounds

Projects / Christy Spackman and Danya Glabau

title Investigating the promises, perils, and consequences of living in an increasingly pharmacetuicalized world

4S Preview: Eating For Life: When Food Is the Best Medicine

Projects / Danya Glabau

title آNew insights on the stakes of incorporating food and eating into the biomedical toolkit

Queer STS at 4S/EASST in Barcelona: Looking Forward and to the Past

Projects / Stephen Molldrem and Mitali Thakor

title What is Queer STS method? How might Queer STS be institutionalized?

Why I now stand with Caster Semenya

Reflections / Madeleine Pape

title Athletes trust that sports governing bodies have long settled the question of whether testosterone produces sex and performance differences. The concept of testosterone carries enormous symbolic power in modern society and particularly in the world of sport ... But most of us know only the simplified version of a complex biological entity that takes natural and synthetic forms and which affects individual bodies in inconsistent ways.

Seminário de Estudos Latino-Americanos e Pós-Coloniais de CTS

Report-backs / Tiago Ribeiro Duarte and Luis Reyes-Galindo

title The Workshop on Latin-American and Postcolonial STS took place at the University of Brasília, Brazil, from 18th to 20th of May. It was organised by Dr. Tiago Ribeiro Duarte (University of Brasília) and Dr. Luis Reyes-Galindo (Cardiff University) to get scholars from Brazil and other countries in Latin America together to debate through the presentation of empirical case studies what is specific about doing STS research in Latin American contexts and what theoretical/methodological approaches are more promising for researching science and technology in this continent.

4S Preview: Materializing Governance by Infrastructure

Projects / Francesca Musiani, Annalisa Pelizza and Stefania Milan

Uncovering regimes of inclusion/exclusion nested in technical details of information infrastructures.

New in...

Your New Best Frenemy: Hello Barbie and Privacy Without Screens
Meg Leta Jones
Impostor Syndrome, a Reparative History
Dana Simmons
Toward Non-innocent Reassemblies
Michelle Murphy
The Challenges for Us Psychologized Moderns
Jill G. Morawski
Repair Work
Dana Simmons

New in...

Technoscience Updates

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


New Book by Lisa Messeri: Placing Outer Space (2016, Duke University Press)
New books from Mattering Press
100&Change grant for $100 million, MacArthur Foundation


AAAI Fall Symposium: AI for Human-Robot Interaction (AI-HRI)
*Call for Abstracts -** ‘Lives of Data’ Workshop
STS Underground: Investigating the Technoscientific Worlds of Mining and Subterranean Extraction

Calls for Papers

Special Issue of Design Issues: Organizing provocation, conflict and appropriation
Visual Data as Accountability, Resistance, and Surveillance
Narratives and storytelling in energy and climate change research


Assistant Professor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, New York University
Assistant Professor, Center for Science, Technology, and Society [STS], Drexel University
Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior, Cornell University

Fellowships & Postdocs

Society of Fellows postdoc awards for 2017-2020, Princeton University
Postdoc on NASA’s organizational and fiscal history with Janet Vertesi, Princeton University
2 PhD positions in Science Studies and History of Science, ETH Zurich