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.
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Mullins and Edge Prize Announcements. David Hakken Fund, Meeting News, 4S Statement of Purpose, President and Council Elections(...more)
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...(...more)
Bernal Prize to Michael Lynch. In Memoriam: David Hakken(...more)
Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
Projects / Alex Rushforth, Laurens Hessels, Ruth Müller, Sarah de Rijcke, Thomas Franssen, Tjitske Holtrop & Wolfgang KaltenbrunnerDespite 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.
Projects / Kristin Asdal, C-F Helgesson, Freyja Knapp, Francis Lee, and Steve WoolgarHow 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?
Projects / Karoliina Snell, Ilpo Helén and Aaro TupaselaExamining the premises and promises of the new data-driven health paradigm
Projects / Christy Spackman and Danya GlabauInvestigating the promises, perils, and consequences of living in an increasingly pharmacetuicalized world
Projects / Danya GlabauآNew insights on the stakes of incorporating food and eating into the biomedical toolkit
Projects / Stephen Molldrem and Mitali ThakorWhat is Queer STS method? How might Queer STS be institutionalized?
Reflections / Madeleine PapeAthletes 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.
Report-backs / Tiago Ribeiro Duarte and Luis Reyes-GalindoThe 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.
Projects / Francesca Musiani, Annalisa Pelizza and Stefania MilanUncovering regimes of inclusion/exclusion nested in technical details of information infrastructures.
Projects / Laura Watts, Max Liboiron, Phoebe Sengers and Kaiton WilliamsCrew wanted. Sail with us to the edges of the world, where monstrous futures can be found.
Impostor Syndrome, a Reparative History
Toward Non-innocent Reassemblies
The Challenges for Us Psychologized Moderns
Jill G. Morawski
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