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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.

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4S News

4S President’s message – December 2017


The CDC, and linguistic correctness; STS Across Borders exhibit; Online access to STHV


4S President’s message – November 2017


It is time to nominate colleagues for 4S’s many prizes!  This is an important opportunity to think through where STS is as a field, and to honor exemplary work.  To make it easier to keep up with the nomination schedule, we are revising it so that nominations for all prizes are due December 15, 2017.  Nominations...


4S President’s message – October 2017


4S Community,

As extreme events surround us (with floods, fires, guns and sexism, among other threats), the significance of STS and 4S is all the more clear to me. We have lots to work on!

Towards this, discussion at the 4S Council fall meeting focused on the long range and big picture, considering an array of...


New Publisher Discounts


The MIT Press is now offering 4S members 30% discounts on STS books and individual journal subscriptions.



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

STS and environmental history live to see another day

Reflections / Joseph Satish V

Environmental history is yet another important avenue for STS scholars to explore and work with – considering that forests, the environment and “nature” themselves are constructed socially, a theme so often explored in STS theory. This post shares why Joseph Satish feels this is so, based on his visit to the Anglade Institute of Natural History in Kodaikanal, south India.

Public Health in the Calais Refugee Camp: Environment, Health and Exclusion

Report-backs / Surindar Dhesi and Arshad Isakjee

The ongoing emergency for refugees is having profound and hidden health consequences for thousands of displaced persons who live in informal ‘makeshift’ camps across Europe.

African cities in the changing global landscape

Reflections / Prince K. Guma

"Questions need to be posed as to how we ought to (dis)associate and (dis)connect from/with dominant and inextricable narratives, imaginaries and dichotomies if we must accurately subsume the African city within the increasingly precarious global present."

Silenced Issues 5| Coming to Terms with the Colorblindness of Contemporary STS

Reflections / Michael Mascarenhas

"White privilege abounds in STS. We need to look no further than our STS departments and programs." Michael Mascarenhas unmasks the "white spaces in the black box" of contemporary STS.

Building STS Programs: Notes From an Initial Meeting

Report-backs / Sam Weiss Evans

Sam Weiss Evans reports on conversations held at 4S Boston about the challenges and promises of building STS Programs

Segundo Coloquio colombiano en estudios sociales de la ciencia: hacer la paz en un mundo posverdad

Report-backs / GESCTM Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Con el fin de ampliar y situar los debates sobre el postconflicto en Colombia y las discusiones sobre posverdad, algunos de los grupos en Colombia con agendas CTS/STS organizaron el Segundo Coloquio Nacional de Estudios Sociales de las Ciencias y las Tecnologías entre el 21 y el 23 del pasado Septiembre en Bogotá. (English version available)

Engendering Alice and Bob

Reflections / Quinn DuPont and Alana Cattapan

Quinn DuPont and Alana Cattapan critically engage with the fictional characters of Alice and Bob. Characters that are meant to convey complex concepts – and thereby represent and reinforce gender norms in fields where women are already few.

The Space Between with Elina Mäkinen

Reflections / Aleka Gurel

Dr. Elina Mäkinen discusses her recent ST&HV article, "Action in the Space Between: From Latent to Active Boundaries."

Describing and intervening: Exploring the plurality of STS in India

Report-backs / Joseph Satish V

Notes from a workshop and public lecture in the University of Hyderabad in India, where Prof. Wiebe Bijker engaged with themes around science, knowledge and responsible research.

Editorial Director Ken Wissoker on why he loves peer review

Reflections / Ken Wissoker

I always urge a symptomatic approach. Why would someone suggest that something needed to be done at all? What wasn’t working that required a solution? It’s the author’s manuscript!

New in...

Making and Doing Politics Through Grassroots Scientific Research on the Energy and Petrochemical Industries
Sara Wylie, Nick Shapiro, Max Liboiron
Materializing Exposure: Developing an Indexical Method to Visualize Health Hazards Related to Fossil Fuel Extraction
Sara Wylie, Elisabeth Wilder, Lourdes Vera, Deborah Thomas, Megan McLaughlin
Participatory Air Monitoring in the Midst of Uncertainty: Residents’ Experiences with the Speck Sensor
Jacob Robert Matz, Sara Wylie, Jill Kriesky
Compromised Agency: The Case of BabyLegs
Max Liboiron
The Civic Informatics of FracTracker Alliance: Working with Communities to Understand the Unconventional Oil and Gas Industry
Kirk Jalbert, Samantha Malone Rubright, Karen Edelstein
Crowdsourcing Undone Science
Gwen Ottinger
A Wary Alliance: From Enumerating the Environment to Inviting Apprehension
Nicholas Shapiro, Nasser Zakariya, Jody Roberts
Game Design as STS Research
Joseph Dumit
Living with Oil and Gas and Practicing Community Conducted Science
Deborah Thomas

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Technoscience Updates

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


Mary Frank Fox elected to AAAS Committee on Nominations
New Title: The Anthem Companion to Karl Mannheim (Anthem, 2017)
Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) solicitation, National Science Foundation (NSF)


CFP for the Forum of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
HOPOS 2018 Call for Submissions
Technoscience from Below

Calls for Papers

NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation
Governance in the History of Computing
Call for Papers: Tapuya, the new Latin American Science, Technology and Society


Faculty Position, History of Science and Technology, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Assistant Professor in Space and Society, Arizona State University
Research Asst, Phil of sci & tech with focus on logic of research, RWTH Aachen University

Fellowships & Postdocs

Postdoctoral Researcher in ethics of data protection, privacy-preserving technologies, ETH Zurich
Postdoctoral Researcher in ethics of data governance, citizen participation in precis med ETH Zurich
Program solicitation for CRISP 2.0, National Science Foundation (NSF)