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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 – July 2017

07/12/2017

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   .

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4S Sydney 18 Announced

07/11/2017

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.

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4S President’s message – June 2017

06/15/2017

Carson and Fleck Prize Announcements. Ongoing developments in US policy. 4S Council Election

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4S President’s message – May 2017

05/10/2017

Bernal Prize Announcement: Hebe Vessuri
Registration now open for 4S 2017 conference
4S sponsorship of March for Science

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Backchannels

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

Book Review: Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900-1920

Reviews / Dr Jonathan Silver

According 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.

What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences

Reflections / Jess Auerbach

It’s not often that you get to create a new university from scratch.

Dis—ease with X and Y: Disclosing Digital Sociology

Projects / Amanda Windle

title The move to larger corporate social media groups did disrupt some of these grassroots support networks specifically when their digital infrastructures shifted during the noughties. Someone with UC-CD doesn’t always need their mood creepily enhanced by an algorithm on Facebook, but may appreciate some of the roaming mental health bots on Twitter.

AI’s Prediction Problem

Reflections / Steve G. Hoffman

Is prediction in AI a fool's errand?

Book Launch, Digital Sociology: The Reinvention of Social Research by Noortje Marres

Report-backs / Evelyn Ruppert

title As much research has shown, communities amongst which fake news circulates are separate from the platforms and their mitigating technical services. What technical solutions do not address is that sharing is a logic underpinning digital platforms and from which their social value is derived.

Leon Olivé or the citizen philosopher

Reflections / Mónica Lozano

title On February 10, 2017, the philosopher and mathematician Leon Olivé died in Mexico, one of the most important contemporary Mexican thinkers and a reference in Latin America for philosophical and social studies on science and technology.

Undoing the Ontology of the Poor: A Participatory Design Project

Reflections / Mariacristina Sciannamblo and Maurizio Teli

title Using a participatory design approach, the research consortium of the EU-funded "Commonfare" project rethinks – and critically engages with – the ontological politics of categorizations of poverty.

The employment crisis of young PhDs in Argentina. Is neoliberalism to blame?

/ Federico Vasen

title In the days leading up to Christmas, young researchers and postgraduate students occupied for four days the building of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Buenos Aires demanding more permanent positions for Research and Development in the country

Is STS All Talk and No Walk? Steve Fuller

Reflections / James H. Collier

title What is perhaps most puzzling from a strictly epistemological standpoint is that STS recoils from these tropes whenever such politically undesirable elements as climate change deniers or creationists appropriate them effectively for their own purposes.

Silenced Issues 4: (Un-)Silencing Issues in Thinking Through Environmental Data

Reflections / Leo Matteo Bachinger

title The fourth entry to our ongong series explores and reflects the ways in which data is used to conceal, silence but also bring to the foreground environmental and Climate Change issues.

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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    

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Technoscience Updates

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

Announcements

New Book: Structure, Agency and Biotechnology (2017, Anthem Press)
Call for Nominations, SIGCIS Computer History Museum Book Prize
Call for Nominations: Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory

Events

Sustaining the Seas
Fourth Contemporary Drug Problems
SIGCIS (Special Interest Group in Computing, Information, and Society)

Calls for Papers

”Data work in healthcare” Special issue of Health Informatics Journal
Technologies of Frankenstein

Positions

Lecturers (Faculty Part-Time Salary Position) in Entrepreneurship/Business, University of Virginia
Lecturer (Faculty Wage Position), Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Permanent Research Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Fellowships & Postdocs

Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018-21, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Princeton University
Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Social Study of Epigenetics and Transgenerational Inheritance, UCLA
Research Associate and Research Assistant posts at Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge