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Newsletter of the Society for Social Studies of Science

Fall 2000: Volume 13, Number 2
Managing Editors: Lisa McLoughlin & Patrick Feng     Executive Editor: Linda Layne


Call for Papers
Program Announcements
General Announcements


Dear Reader,

Welcome to another issue of Technoscience, the official newsletter of 4S. We have some exciting news to relay to you, so let's get started!

First, many of you -- over 500, in fact--are receiving this issue electronically. Thanks to everyone who responded so promptly to our request for email addresses; you’re helping to make the transition to electronic format a smooth one. For those who haven’t heard yet, Technoscience is going electronic. Over the next year or so we will slowly be phasing out paper production of the newsletter, and moving to electronic means of distribution such as email and the World Wide Web. Paper copies will still be available to those who, for one reason or another, have difficulty accessing email and the Web, but for the majority of 4S members we expect the switch to electronic format to be relatively painless and rewarding over the long term.

The reasons for the switch are several-fold. First, distributing Technoscience electronically will cut down significantly on postage and paper costs. Previously, the cost of printing and postage ran into thousands of dollars each year. In response, the 4S council decided to cut down these costs by moving to electronic distribution. With the majority of issues distributed electronically by the end of next year, we expect to pare these costs down to hundreds (instead of thousands) of dollars.

Second, and perhaps more interesting intellectually, is that the switch to electronic format affords an opportunity to rethink and redesign Technoscience. For example, in the past it has sometimes been the case that notices, calls for papers, etc. have been published very close to (or even after!) the actual deadline. This is due to the time lag in printing and mailing paper copies, as well as a production schedule of only three issues a year. With electronic distribution, it should be possible to track and update this section of Technoscience more frequently, so that announcements arrive in a more timely fashion. In addition, we hope the new format will encourage new kinds of contributions, e.g., news on graduate programs, discussions on professional development, and so forth.

Of course, such changes will take time. Currently we are in a transition period. We recognize that some people have a preference for paper copies, perhaps feeling that their inboxes are already deluged with too many emails to get very excited about receiving Technoscience electronically. While we can sympathize with this, we also think electronic distribution opens up new opportunities for the newsletter. Moreover, our current transition period should be situated within the larger context of shifts towards electronic publishing now occurring in many academic disciplines. The rise of electronic publishing prompts rethinking of what materials works best in which media. For example, might position announcements and calls for papers work better in the world of electronic bulletin boards and websites, while commentaries and news from the field be better suited for the "traditional" newsletter format? Your comments on these types of questions are welcome, as we make our way through this transition period.

As always, we encourage your input and feedback. General inquiries and content submissions may be sent to Technoscience-L@lists.rpi.edu. (More contact information is given in the "General Announcements" section at the end of this newsletter.) With your help, the future of Technoscience should be a bright one.

Enjoy the issue!
The Editors


Special Issue of the journal Men and Masculinities: Masculinities and Technologies, with guest editors Maria Lohan and Wendy Faulkner. This special issue will focus on the process of the cultural aligning of technologies to masculine cultures. Relationships between masculinities and technologies are under- researched in both the literature on men and masculinities and that on feminist technology studies, yet technologies and masculinities are often co-terminus in the gendering of occupations, cultural symbols and identities. This special issue seeks to fill this gap, by drawing together empirical and/or conceptual articles which explore one or more of the following themes:

  • Stability, fluidity and diversity in relationships between masculinities and technologies
  • Technology as a major aspect of both hegemonic and subjugated masculinities
  • Symbolic and material aspects of equations between masculinities and technologies

Bearing these themes in mind, we would welcome articles covering, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Technologies as icons and images of masculinities
  • Men, masculinities and technologies in work-spaces
  • Men, masculinities and domestic technologies at home
  • Cyber-mediated masculine identities
  • Emerging technologies/emerging masculinities
  • Men's affective relationships with technologies: pleasure and play
  • Masculinities and technological professions
  • Masculinities and reproductive technologies
  • Masculinities and technologies of mobility


Men and Masculinities is the leading international journal for gender research of men and masculinities. The journal is published by Sage and edited by Prof. Michael Kimmel of Stonybrook University, New York. The journal presents empirical and theoretical articles that use both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches, that employ diverse methods, and that are grounded in current theoretical perspectives within gender studies, including feminism, queer theory and multiculturalism.


Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length and follow the referencing style of the journal. The deadline for submission of articles is 1 November 2000. Two (hard) copies of the article should be posted to EACH of the editors. Informal approaches by phone or email are also welcome before that time. We expect to make decisions about which articles will be included in the special issue by 1 February 2001.

Dr. Maria Lohan				Dr. Wendy Faulkner
Employment Research Centre			Science Studies Unit
Department of Sociology			University of Edinburgh
Trinity College Dublin			21 Buccleuch Place
Dublin 2					Edinburgh  EH8 9LN
tel: +353 1 6083443			tel: +44 131 650 4069
email: emlohan@tcd.ie			email: w.faulkner@ed.ac.uk


NSF STS Program Directorship. Bruce E. Seely, Professor of History at Michigan Technological University, became the newest Director of the National Science Foundation's Science & Technology Studies Program, in August 2000. Bruce has written extensively on the history of American technology; he is perhaps best known for his studies the role of engineers in 20th-century transportation policy making and his research on the history of American engineering education. He has previously served the NSF STS Program as a reviewer, a panelist, and a member of the program's early-1990s Committee of Visitors. He brings to the position extensive administrative experience derived from his current service as President of the MTU Faculty Senate and, more importantly, from his six-year term as Secretary of the Society for the History Technology. As SHOT Secretary, Bruce worked closely with members and officers of all U.S.-based organizations that promote research and teaching in all areas of the history, philosophy, and social studies of science and technology, and he will build effectively on this rich experience at NSF.

In assuming his position at NSF, Bruce will take on the full portfolio of responsibilities assigned to all NSF Program Officers. He now looks forward to working with all members of the extremely varied scholarly community that the NSF STS Program has served so well for many years. Bruce succeeds Michael M. Sokal, who completed his two-year "Rotatorship" in the position this summer. Mike returns to his permanent position as Professor of History at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


At the 1999 4S Annual Meeting, the society began to plan a new edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. The previous edition was published in 1995. As before, the Handbook should aim to provide comprehensive, readable, and scholarly reviews of major theoretical and methodological approaches in contemporary science and technology studies. It should fairly represent the diversity of perspectives within the field without compromising academic integrity or quality. It should be accessible to a wide prospective audience, including graduate students in science and technology studies, as well as readers in neighboring disciplines such as anthropology, history, philosophy, sociology, law, political science, feminist and critical theory, and literary studies.

A call for editorial proposals now will permit timely progress toward issuing a new Handbook in 2005. 4S accordingly invites proposals from prospective editors of the next edition of the Handbook. The deadline for proposals has been extended until December 31, 2000.
All proposals should be submitted to Michel Callon, Chair, 4S Publications Committee at the following address:

Michel Callon 
Professeur de sociologie
Ecole des mines de Paris
60 Bvd Saint-Michel
75006 Paris
tel: 33 1 40519191
email: callon@csi.ensmp.fr

The Publications Committee will screen the proposals and recommend one or more candidates to the Council at the 4S meeting in Cambridge in October 2001. It is expected that a final decision will be made at that meeting and a schedule established for the timely compilation, review, and submission of the Handbook manuscript to Sage Publications.

Proposals should include the following components:

  1. Names and affiliations of each member of the editorial team.
  2. Brief (2-page) curriculum vitae of each editor.
  3. Description of editorial advisory structure, if any.
  4. Proposed chapter outline, with brief description of chapter contents.
  5. Management plan for soliciting contributions, supervising chapter production, peer review, 4S review, and other aspects of editorial administration.
Proposals will be evaluated for the strength and distinction of the editorial team (team proposals are preferred over those by individual editors), the effectiveness of the management plan, and the balance, timeliness, comprehensiveness, and interest of the chapter outline. All questions should be addressed to Michel Callon, who will consult as needed with the Publications Committee and the Council.


The Arctic Social Sciences Program welcomes research proposals in all social science fields supported by the National Science Foundation, including science and technology studies. Target dates for submission are August 8 and February 15. For more information on the program, please see http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/arctic.social.htm or contact Dr. Fae L. Korsmo, Program Director, by e-mail at fkorsmo@nsf.gov or by telephone at 703-292-8029.

New training program: Reframing Rights: Constitutional Implications of Technological Change. This doctoral and postdoctoral training program, supported by a grant from the US National Science Foundation, offers a yearlong opportunity for study and research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs within Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The program focuses on the evolution of constitutional rights in relation to changes in science and technology, particularly in the areas of genetics, information, and the environment. Applications are encouraged from students and recent Ph.D.’s in science and technology studies, law, and related fields who wish to investigate how scientific knowledge and technological artifacts engage with and reshape our perception of rights: for instance, by redrawing the boundary between human and non-human, by altering fundamental notions of identity, and by challenging settled expectations of privacy and autonomy. Research may focus on such topics as changing biological and legal concepts of personhood, the origins and transformation of intellectual property rights, and technology and privacy. Fellows supported by the program will conduct their studies in a challenging interdisciplinary environment under the guidance of experienced scholars in science and technology studies, history of science, public policy, health and environmental studies, ethics, and law. Applications from women and minority candidates are specially encouraged. For further information, please contact: Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: (617) 495-5636, Fax: (617) 495-8963. Send email inquiries to: peter_sedlak@harvard.edu, or check on the web at: http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/bcsia/stpp.nsf/web/sj-rightsgrant. .


Georgia Institute of Technology. The School of History, Technology, and Society invites applications for a tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology, to begin August 2001. Ph.D. required at time of appointment. Candidates are sought in the sociology of technology and science. The ability to teach sociology of the environment and/or social theory/methods is also desirable, but not required. The School of History, Technology, and Society is an interdisciplinary department composed of sociologists and historians whose research concerns the relationship between culture, society, and technology, broadly defined. The successful candidate will be expected to show evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching, both of which are important to our growing undergraduate and graduate programs. We encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and examples of written work to: Mary Frank Fox and Steven Vallas, Co-Chairs, Sociology Recruitment, School of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0345, USA. Review of Applications will begin October 20.

Georgia Institute of Technology. The School of History, Technology, and Society in the Ivan Allen College of the Georgia Institute of Technology intends to hire a chairperson effective August 2001. Candidates must be established scholars in history or sociology, with strong teaching and research credentials and some administrative experience. We seek a chairperson with the ability to lead an interdisciplinary school with growing undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. programs, a commitment to teaching and scholarly excellence, and the desire to continue the development of historical and sociological studies at a technology focused university. Applicants should send a letter of interest, c.v., and have three reference letters submitted to Ronald Bayor, chair, HTS search committee, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. 30332. Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2001. Women and Minority candidates are strongly urged to apply.

Harvey Mudd College, a highly selective member of the Claremont Colleges, offering majors in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics -- seeks applications for an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology or an Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Policy for a tenure-track appointment beginning in the 2001-2002 academic year. Candidates should have significant interests in teaching and doing research in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), and should have particular interests in non-Western societies. This position is in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, where the emphasis is on a broad-based liberal arts program with considerable cross-disciplinary support and interaction. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year, including courses in STS, the candidate¹s primary discipline, and an interdisciplinary seminar for first-year students. In addition, she or he will participate in the Claremont Colleges STS program and enjoy significant relations with colleagues at the other Claremont Colleges. The Ph.D. is required by September 1, 2001, and the salary is competitive. Harvey Mudd College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is actively concerned with fostering diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body. Applications from members of groups typically underrepresented in college faculties are strongly encouraged. Applicants should send vitae, three letters of recommendation, a statement of scholarly interests and future research directions, and a detailed description of two courses they would like to teach to: Prof. Hal S. Barron, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Harvey Mudd College, 301 E. 12th Street, Claremont, CA 91711-5990. To receive full consideration, applications must be received by December 1, 2000.

Rice University, Department of Anthropology. Pending budgetary approval, Rice University seeks a socio-cultural anthropologist at the beginning-to-advanced assistant or the associate level. We seek someone whose research is within the interdisciplinary field of the social & cultural study of sciences & technologies. Topical interests that range broadly from genetics, medicine, environmentalism, physics, cognitive science, to computer & information technology are welcome. A cross-cultural & transnational dimension to research is especially desirable, as is an explicit relation to the particular styles of work that the Rice Anthropology department has developed since the 1980s. The successful candidate would be expected to teach a range of undergrad & grad courses, & to participate where relevant in major ongoing projects in the sciences at Rice & related institutions. Applications should be received no later than January 20, 2001. Preliminary interviews are planned for the AAA meetings. Please send a one-page statement of interest, a vita, & the names of 3 references to Chair, Dept of Anth-MS20, Rice U, PO Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251. EOE. This employer offers employment benefits to domestic partners of employees. This employer prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Science and Technology Studies Department invites applications for a position in policy analysis or social analysis of information technology. Possible research areas include community/social informatics, education and IT, digital divide, digital governance, health informatics, historical and cultural studies of IT, privacy, and sustainable development and IT. Candidates should demonstrate a record of achievement in sponsored research and be able to provide leadership in a department and university that are committed to rapid expansion in the IT area. Candidates should also be able to teach in interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses in the social sciences and humanities in the STS field. Rank is open, but preference will be given to faculty at the associate or full professor rank. Please send a CV and the names of three references to David Hess, Department Chair, STS Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590. Screening will begin December 1, 2000, but applications will be considered after that date. Rensselaer is an equal opportunity/affirmation action employer and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups. For more information on the STS Department, see http://www.rpi.edu/dept/sts.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. One or more faculty positions for our interdisciplinary program in Product Design and Innovation (PDI). Candidates should have a strong record of achievement in product design and a desire to lead the development of this successful, innovative program that combines design, architecture, engineering, and the social sciences. Courses taught will include the interdisciplinary design studios and social science/humanities courses such as "Engineering, Design, and Society" and "History of Design." Rank is open and may include hiring at the tenured, tenure-track, or untenured rank. Tenure-track or tenured positions will require both teaching and research, and all positions will require some advising of PDI students in addition to teaching. A strong senior applicant may be a candidate for the director of the program; we may also make an additional appointment for a junior candidate. The candidates are most likely to have an academic home in the Science and Technology Studies Department or School of Architecture, but joint appointments could also be offered with Engineering Science and Mechanical Engineering. Please send a CV and the names of three references to David Hess, Search Committee Chair, STS Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590. A portfolio of design projects may be requested at a later stage of the review process. Screening will begin November 1, 2000, but applications will be considered after that date. Rensselaer is an equal opportunity/affirmation action employer and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups. For more information on the PDI program, see http://www.rpi.edu/dept/sts/pdi.

Rochester Institute of Technology. The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Department at Rochester Institute of Technology is a growing program within a dynamic educational environment. We seek to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning 1 September 2001. Ph.D. in STS strongly preferred. Candidates must be actively engaged in STS-related areas of research. Teaching experience expected. Candidates must be committed to undergraduate teaching, liberal learning, and critical thinking as part of a career-oriented education. The position requires teaching courses in the STS Department's undergraduate curriculum and co-teaching in RIT's BS/MS Environmental Science Degree program, offered jointly by the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science. For more information see the STS (www.rit.edu/~696www/sts/stshome.shtml) and Environmental Science web sites (www.rit.edu/~envsci/). Send letter of application and resume, and request that three letters of recommendation be forwarded to Paul H. Ferber, Chair, STS Department, College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, 92 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604. Deadline for receiving applications is 1 December 2000. Minority candidates and women are especially encouraged to apply. RIT is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer looking for individuals with an ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the Institute commitment to cultural diversity.

UCSD DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION. Endowed Chair in Language and Human Communication. The Sanford I. Berman Chair in Language and Human Communication is a newly-endowed post within the Department of Communication, University of California at San Diego. Following the donors long-time interest in the area of language and meaning, we are seeking a senior scholar, Professorial level, beginning Fall 2001. Areas of specialization could include, but are not limited to: social and cultural aspects of language; discourse analysis; theories of language; textual analysis including the Internet and Web; rhetoric of science, technology or media; bilingualism. Current areas of specialization within the department include human information processing (activity theory, Pragmatism); cultural aspects of language and media; political economy, history and regulation of media; race, gender and ethnicity; social analysis of computing; integration of new media and learning. The Department is an affiliate member of the Science Studies and the Human Development Programs on campus. Salaries are in strict accordance with UC pay scales. The Chair carries a research stipend. AA/EOE. If non-citizen, state immigration status. Send vita, statement of research and teaching interests, and names of 5 references by October 15, 2000, or until the position is filled, to: Susan Leigh Star, Recruitment Committee Chair (WEB), Department of Communication (0503), University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0503, email: lstar@ucsd.edu. For more info, see: http://communication.ucsd.edu/Announcements/eclhc.html

UCSB: Assistant Professor, tenure track, digital humanities. We anticipate making one appointment effective July 1, 2001. We seek candidates who, while working in any literary field, have a major commitment to studying the historical and theoretical aspects of information technology and new media. Applicants should also be committed to some dimension of digital practice such as web authoring or multimedia. We anticipate that the person appointed would teach courses on such subjects as the culture and aesthetics of information, hypertext literature, past and present writing technologies, and the relationship between information society and gender, ethnicity, or global cultures (as well as courses on topics related to the candidate’s other literary interests). The UCSB English Department has multiple teaching and research initiatives focused on information culture (see dept website at http://www.english.ucsb.edu/). Ph.D. required by time of appointment. Send letter of application, dossier, and non-returnable sample of written work (20 pp. or less) plus any relevant URL or digital files (by diskette, Zip disk, or CD-Rom) to: Search Committee, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170. Applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2000. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. The University of California is an EO/AA employer. The search committee is composed of: Alan Liu (ayliu@humanitas.ucsb.edu), Elisa Tamarkin (tamarkin@humanitas.ucsb.edu), and William Warner (warner@humanitas.ucsb.edu).

Virginia Tech announces two tenure-track appointments in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the Assistant Professor or early Associate Professor level beginning August 10, 2001. We seek applications from scholars from a wide range of fields to complement existing strengths in history, philosophy, and social studies of science and technology. We are looking especially for faculty working in contemporary areas, including science and technology policy studies, politics and economics of science and technology, ethics in science and technology, and science, technology, and the public. Successful candidates will contribute to Ph.D. tracks in Politics and Policy Studies and/or Social and Cultural Studies. Both positions will be located at the University’s main campus in Blacksburg. Candidates should have the Ph.D. in hand by the date of appointment. Candidates for assistant professor must demonstrate significant programs of research, and candidates for associate professor must demonstrate significant research accomplishments. Also required is evidence of good teaching and a commitment to working in an interdisciplinary environment. For a more complete description of the positions, consult http://www.cis.vt.edu/stspositions/.

The main teaching responsibilities will be in the STS Graduate Program and the undergraduate program in Humanities, Science, and Technology (HST), with the expectation of teaching in related programs and departments as appropriate. The hiring unit for this position is the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) in the College of Arts and Sciences. The STS Program is run jointly with the Departments of History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology, and is also located at the University’s Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, which is in the northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Interested candidates should send a detailed letter of application, current CV, recent writing sample, syllabi for courses taught or teaching portfolio if available, and at least three letters of recommendation. We will begin screening applications on November 1, 2000 and continue until the positions are filled. The College of Arts and Sciences is deeply committed to recruiting, selecting, promoting, and retaining women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the search committee chair (TTY: 1-800-828-1120) by the application deadline.

Please send applications to Gary Downey, Chair, STS Search Committee, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0227. You may also call or write: 540-231-4761 (o), 540-231-7615 (dept), 540-231-7013 (fax), downeyg@vt.edu.


New book: "The Metrics of Science and Technology" by Eliezer Geisler, Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 2000. http://info.greenwood.com/books/1567202/1567202136.html


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