Call for papers: Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)

August 25 – 29, 2010 | Tokyo

Held jointly with Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies

Deadline for submitting papers approaches: Feb 15

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Tokyo Tourism Info

Japan National Tourism Organization

Lonely Planet

Frommer’s on Japan

Tokyo Convention and Visitors’ Bureau

One Noodle at a Time in Tokyo

“Tokyo Colors” movie

Session Matchmaking

Post/view session calls on the new 4S message board

Call for Papers: “STS in Global Contexts”

Deadline for Submissions of Paper Abstracts and Session Proposals is February 15, 2010.

The 2010 4S conference will be held with JSSTS (Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies). This is the first 4S annual meeting in Asia. 4S members will have a chance to experience, interact with, and understand the cultural diversity of Asia. Furthermore, holding 4S in Asia opens the door to questions relating to universalities and cultural differences in STS concepts. This meeting will provide a good opportunity for reconsidering STS in global contexts as well as strengthening STS network worldwide.

Submit paper and session proposals now. (
We are using the same submission site as last year. If you submitted or were included in a proposal last year, you already have a user ID.


Given the growing size of the 4S conferences and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, the program committee will need to make full use of the available time slots. Therefore, individuals may be listed for a paper presentation and one other role (such as session chair or discussant but not a second paper) for a maximum of two appearances.

Paper abstracts may be submitted individually or by a session organizer. Submissions are in the form of abstracts of 500 words or less, and must include a summary of the paper’s main arguments and methodology, as well as a brief statement on the contribution to the STS literature. Please choose the most suitable categories for your paper:
A) Environmental Studies
B) Biomedicine
C) Food
D) Information and Communication Technology
E) Energy / Nuclear Power
F) Engineering
G) Gender Studies
H) Economics / Market Studies
I) Public Engagement / Social Movement
J) Science Communication
K) Science, Technology, and Public Policy
L) Theory and Method
M) Others

Session proposals should be limited to 500 words total, and should contain a summary and rationale for the session, as well as a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should list names of all session organizers and panelists, including institutional affiliations and (electronic) addresses. Session proposals should be based on the assumption of one-and-half hour time slots with fifteen minutes per presentation. A typical session may have four papers, one discussant, and open discussion slot. You must have a minimum of three complete paper abstracts in order to submit a session proposal. The program committee may need to assign additional papers to proposed sessions. Session proposals must also indicate a subject category.

Proposals for double and triple sessions on a single topic may receive a request to consolidate the topic into one panel or to break the multiple sessions into different topics. The meeting welcomes papers, sessions and events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, type of public and which bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new relations and themes.

Yuko Fujigaki, Porgram Chair

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