Congressos 2011

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

2011: Cleveland, Ohio

November 2-5, 2011
Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel
Co-located with the History of Science Society and the Society for the History of Technology.

Call for Papers

March 15, 2011: Deadline for Submissions of Individual Papers and Session Proposals

The 2011 4S conference will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. There is no predetermined theme for the 4S conference. Individual paper abstracts and proposals for sessions should emphasize how they will make original and timely contributions to any theme relevant to science and technology studies (STS). The 4S conference welcomes papers, session proposals, 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. Apart from traditional research papers, the 4S conference also welcomes proposals for sessions and papers using ‘new media’ or other forms of new presentation.

Given the growing size of the 4S conferences and the desire to be as inclusive as possible, the program chair 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 should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. The title of papers should be up to 10 words. Please list five key words to assist the program chair to group individual papers into a session. In addition, identify the most suitable categories for the paper (e.g. environment, information communication technologies, gender studies, science policy, etc.).

Session proposals should be up to 250 words. They should contain a summary and rationale for the session, as well as a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should be organized around one-and-half-hour time slots. A typical session will contain five papers or four papers with a discussant. A minimum of three complete paper abstracts are required in order to submit a session proposal. The program chair may assign additional papers to proposed sessions with three papers. Each paper abstract in the proposed session should be up to 250 words. The title of papers should be up to 10 words.

Since 2008, the 4S has run a ‘workshop’ format. This is an opportunity for informal presentations, with presenters and other attendees seated around tables. Session organizers should indicate if they would like to be part of a workshop table. Submissions for ‘workshop’ presentations are included under the one first-authored submission limit, stated earlier.

Submission Process

Paper and session proposals are accepted through an online system. This is a separate database from the 4S membership/registration system. All presenters, including those included in session proposals, must have a user account with this system that includes name, affiliation, and contact information. Submitters can create user accounts on behalf of their co-authors and session presenters, if necessary. Anyone who has participated in a 4S meeting in the last three years should already have a user account.

Submit abstracts and session proposals now!

Calls for Session Participants

4S supports session organizers seeking participants. However, it is not practical to run all such calls in Technoscience. 4S has created a special web page for calls for session participants. Here you can submit a call and browse for suitable sessions for your paper.

Important Dates

  • March 15, 2011: Deadline for submissions of individual papers and session proposals.
  • May 1, 2011: Acceptance notification.
  • June 30, 2011: Preliminary program posted.
  • June 15 – July 15, 2011: Early registration.
  • September 15, 2011: Last day to book a room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Cleveland City Centre to get the reduced rate. We recommend early booking since room availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • September 15, 2011: All presenters must register to be included in the final program. For papers with more than one author, one presenter must register to be included in the final program.
  • October 1, 2011: Final program posted.

Contact Info

For general meeting information and any questions about the program, contact the 4S Program Chair, Roli Varma, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque [Email:] | Telephone: 1-505-2777756].

For technical assistance with the submission or registration process, contact the 4S Webmaster.

Conference Highlights

The conference will begin on Wednesday evening with the Opening Plenary, followed by a reception. All 4S participants are encouraged to attend, to mingle and to converse.

The sessions will officially begin on Thursday at 9:00 am and end on Saturday evening.

There will be a joint reception on Thursday evening with the HSS and the SHOT.

Friday evening will include the 4S Presidential Plenary, followed by a reception and the Annual Awards Banquet.

There will be three ‘Author Meets Critic’ sessions.

There will be a special session dedicated to the intellectual legacy of the late Susan Leigh Star (former 4S President, 2006−2007).

Conference Location & Lodging

Crowne Plaza Hotel Cleveland City Centre, 777 St. Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland, OH 44114
Hotel Front Desk: 1-216-771-7600 | Hotel Fax: 1-216-566-0736
Toll Free: 1-877-2CROWNE (1-877- 227-6963) or 1-877-208-2519

The hotel is located in downtown Cleveland, adjacent to the Convention Center and overlooking Lake Erie. It is within blocks of numerous attractions including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Great Lakes Science Center; Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City; Cleveland Browns StadiumProgressive Field; and Q-Quicken Loans Arena.

Information on lodging will be posted after acceptance notification.

Travel to Cleveland

By Air

  • You can fly to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Cleveland’s main airport.
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel is approx. 12 miles from the CLE airport. You can take a taxi which will take approx. 20 minutes. Or you can call Independent Shuttle Service at 1-216-3248999 to book the shuttle for approx. $14 one way per person. Or you can take the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) train which will cost approx. $2.25. The RTA Red Line runs from inside the airport to the heart of downtown in roughly 30 minutes. Get off at Tower City-Public Square. Head northeast toward Ontario Street (approx. 240 ft). Turn left at Ontario Street (approx. 450 ft). Turn right at St. Clair Avenue (approx. 0.2 mi).

By Train

  • You can take Amtrak train to the Cleveland Lakefront Station at 200 Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44114.
  • For reservations, call 1-800-8727245 or visit
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel is approx. 0.5 miles from the Amtrak train station.
  • You can take a taxi or walk to Crowne Plaza Hotel. Head northeast on Erieside Avenue (approx. 0.2 mi). Turn right at East 9th Street (approx. 0.4 mi). Turn right at St. Clair Avenue (approx. 250 ft).

By Bus

  • You can take Greyhound Bus to Cleveland Greyhound Station at 1465 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114. Telephone: 1-216-7812464.
  • For reservations, call 1-800-2312222 or visit
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel is approx. 0.5 miles from the Greyhound bus station. You can take a taxi or walk to Crowne Plaza Hotel. Head west on Chester Avenue (approx. 360 ft). Turn right at East 13th Street (approx. 0.2 mi). Turn left at St. Clair Avenue (approx. 0.3 mi).

By Car

  • Customize direction using the MapQuest / Google map / Yahoo map.
  • If driving from South: Take I-71 North to East 9th Street exit. Go north on East 9th Street. Turn left onto St. Clair Avenue. The hotel is on the right.
  • If driving from North: Take I-71 South to East 9th Street exit. Go south on East 9th Street. Turn right onto St. Clair Avenue. The hotel is on the right.
  • If driving from East: Take I-90 West to state RT 2 West. Exit onto East 9th Street. Go south on East 9th Street. Turn right onto St. Clair Avenue. The hotel is on the right.
  • If driving from West: Take I-90 East to the East 9th Street exit. Go north on East 9th Street. Turn left onto St. Clair Avenue. The hotel is on the right.
  • Parking at Crowne Plaza Hotel: Daily parking 0-4 hours $6.00; Daily parking 4-8 hours $1.00; Daily parking 8-24 hours $18.00; Valet Parking $20.00

Travel Support for Students

Please consult the travel grants page for more information.


The 4S is the oldest and largest scholarly association devoted to studying science, technology and society. The annual meeting attracts over 1,000 scholars. Many attendees look forward to the book exhibit for finding new books for class, for their research, and for staying current in the field. Visit the Exhibitors page for information on how to participate.

Mentorship Program

The 4S student section or 6S ( is involved in ongoing efforts to mentor students and new faculty. The Mentorship Program has become a popular part of the 4S conference. The goal is to facilitate mentoring of individuals who are new to the conference and/or to the 4S. A mentoring relationship assumes a minimum of one conversation at the 4S conference. It is hoped that mentoring relationships will also continue with at least two follow-up phone calls or emails during the following 12 months. We will match new scholars with more experienced scholars and make an effort to assign mentors outside of one’s university. We hope that the mentoring project will allow new scholars to feel more at home in the STS community.

Visit the Mentorship Program for more information:

Conference Program

The preliminary program will be posted on June 30, 2011, and final program on October 1, 2011.


Registration will open on June 15, 2011 on the 4S Members Site. Register early and save. Non-members join 4S while registering and save money. Members renew while registering and avoid a separate transaction later.



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