Annual Meeting

Society for Social Studies of Science


1 - 4 November, 2001 <---(NOTE: REVISED DATES)

Royal Sonesta Hotel,
Cambridge, MA, USA

Fashioning the Future: Science, Technology and Visions of Progress

Scientists and engineers have played a central role in refashioning the material and social worlds of modernity. They have provided key resources with which human beings and institutions imagine, and in part realize, particular visions of progress. These resources can also destablize identities, threaten security and arouse resistance. For example, in biomedicine, genetic breakthroughs may allow us to remake the human body, profile individuals and populations, and commodify nature in unprecedented ways; in the information sciences new technologies promise to provide ready access to vast realms of information, facilitate new forms of human interaction and consumption, and enable new forms of state and corporate surveillance; in the military sphere, smart technologies may offer unprecedented accuracy and striking power to the armed forces of post-industrial states. These new knowledges and technological forms are materializing at the same time that processes of globalization are mobilizing novel flows of capital, commodities, ideas, technologies and human migration across borders - and so giving rise to new types of social and technoscientific experimentation.

The risks, possibilities and intellectual puzzles of such a moment invite conversation across scholarly and practical boundaries. Science and technology studies has been an interdisciplinary field since its inception a quarter century ago. In this anniversary year, we welcome contributions from scholars across the humanities and social sciences, as well as from scientists, engineers, policy-makers, industry officials and those active in non-governmental organizations. While panels showcasing particular issues or perspectives are always welcome, we also encourage panels that cross conventional boundaries, whether by combining perspectives from different disciplines, by juxtaposing scholars of different national or institutional backgrounds, or by staging dialogues between practitioners and social analysts of science. We invite proposals for entire panels and for individual papers.

Broad theme areas include:

  • Technology Studies
  • Science Studies
  • Science, Technology & Environment
  • Information Technologies
  • Ethics and Law
  • Medicine and Genetics
  • Science, Technology and War
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Innovation Studies
  • Theory and Philosophy of Science
  • Race, Gender and Class
  • Public Understanding of Science

Abstracts should be submitted electronically in text format to: A completed copy of the 4S Abstract Cover Sheet/Pre-Registration Form below and a $25.00 deposit (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, check or purchase order) must be faxed to: 520-621-1443 or mailed to: Engineering Professional Development, The University of Arizona, 1224 N. Vine Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85719-4552. (Checks should be made payable to: The University of Arizona Foundation)

Deadline for Submissions is March 31, 2001 -- although late submissions (as long as they are not too late) will probably make it onto the program.

Each panel will be allotted l.5 hours and should contain no more than 3 or at most 4 papers. Session proposals with alternative formats are welcome. Abstracts for panel sessions should be no more than 250 words and should contain a list of panelists with their institutional affiliations, email addresses and proposed paper titles. Abstracts for individual papers should likewise be no more than 250 words. Submissions received after March 31, 2001, will be considered on a space available basis.

For more detailed information, contact the Program Chair:

Hugh Gusterson (Program Chair)

Location and Accommodations

The 4S Conference will be held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 5 Cambridge Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02142, phone: 617-806-4255, fax: 617-806-4232. They are holding a block of rooms at $189.00 single or double occupancy plus 5.7% Massachusetts state tax, 4.0% Cambridge city tax, and 2.75% CCF tax. There will be a $25.00 charge for each additional person in the room. There is no charge for children 17 years or under when sharing a room with parents. Room reservations must be made by October 10, 2001 to guarantee these rates. After this time rooms will be on a space available basis. Be sure to mention you are attending the Society for Social Studies of Science Conference.

The hotel requires one nightÕs room deposit to confirm your reservation. They honor Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Diners Club, Discover and JCB credit cards. Guaranteed reservations will be held for the night of arrival only. For any guaranteed reservation that is a "no show", a one nightÕs room and tax will be charged to the individual. Check-in time is 3 pm and check-out time is 12 noon. There is a late check-out fee for those checking out after 12 noon.

4S Annual Meeting Abstract Cover Sheet/Preregistration Form Deadline: March 1, 2001




City:________________ State/Province/______________Country:_____________

Postal Code:_________________________



Abstract Title: ___________________________________________________________


Please mark as appropriate: Individual Submission_____

Part of Pre-organized Panel______________________________________________

Panel Organizer:_______________________________________________________

IDENTIFICATION OF THEMATIC STREAM (Please mark your first and second choices.)

__Technology Studies __Science, Technology and War __Science Studies __Science and

Technology Policy __Science, Technology & Environment __Innovation Studies

__Information Technologies __Theory and Philosophy of Science __Ethics and Law

__Race, Gender and Class __Medicine and Genetics __Public Understanding of Science

Audiovisual Needs: 4S Policy is to provide overhead projectors and/or slide projectors for presenters. The costs of additional AV needs will be billed to the presenter.

Overhead_________________ Slide Projector:____________________ Other AV


Abstract Publication Deposit/Advance Registration/4S Membership: A $25 publication deposit must accompany all abstracts, to be credited toward final registration fees, or fully refundable if the abstract is not accepted or cancellations are made before August 31, 2001. You may also choose to pay full registration at this time. To appear on the program, one must be a member of 4S.

Abstract Publication Deposit - $25 $_________

Early Registration Fee (before August 31, 2001) (includes refreshment breaks, final program and booklet of abstracts) (After August 31, 2001, registration rates increase by $50 across all categories.)

Members Non-Members

Per Person $125 ____ $175 ________

Students/Underemployed $ 65 _____ $ 90 _________
(Please send copy of student ID)

Optional Renewal of 4S: Membership $45/22 $ ________

(For non-member program participants, a portion of the registration will be applied to a 4S membership)

Optional Meals:

Banquet $ 40 ________ Total Enclosed $ __________

Please make checks payable to: The University of Arizona Foundation

NOTE: Registration fees are not a tax deductible contribution. However, they may be a business expense. Check with your accountant or tax advisor.

If you wish to use your Visa or Mastercard for registration:

Card No. ____________________________________ Exp. _________________

Signature ____________________________________ Date _________________

The University of Arizona accepts American Express and Visa Debit Card:

Card No. ____________________________________ Exp. _________________

Signature ____________________________________ Date _________________

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Engineering Professional Development, 520-621-3054. Request should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

I have the following special needs/requirements: _____________________________


Mail/Fax or Email this form to:

Engineering Professional Development
The University of Arizona
1224 N. Vine Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719-4552
phone: 520-621-3054 fax: 520-621-1443

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