Science & Technology Studies

Science & Technology Studies is an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the advancement of scholarly studies of science and technology as socio-material phenomena, including their historical and contemporary production and their associated forms of knowledge, expertise, social organization and controversy. This includes interest in developing Science and Technology Studies' own knowledge production techniques, methodology and interventions.The journal welcomes all high quality contributions to that are based on substantial theoretical or empirical engagement with the multidisciplinary field of science and technology studies, including contributions from anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, political science, educational science and communication studies.

Science & Technology Studies is the official journal of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and the Finnish Association for Science and Technologoy Studies.The journal is open access and available electronically around the world, after a four month embarco on its latest issue, which is available only to subscribers and members of its host organizations.



Science & Technology Studies, Volume 29, Issue 3 is out now!


Special Issue
Knowledge Infrastructures: Part III

Table of Contents

Guest Editorial: Knowledge Infrastructures: Part III
Helena Karasti, Florence Millerand, Christine M. Hine, Geoffrey C. Bowker

Co-Observing the Weather, Co-Predicting the Climate: Human Factors in Building Infrastructures for Crowdsourced Data
Yu-Wei Lin, Jo Bates, Paula Goodale

Taxonomic Government: Ecuador’s National Herbarium and the Institution of Biodiversity, 1986–1996
Peter Taber

Promises that Matter: Reconfiguring Ecology in the Ecotrons
Céline Granjou, Jeremy Walker

Of Blooming Flowers and Multiple Sockets: The Role of Metaphors in the Politics of Infrastructural Work
Marcello Aspria, Marleen de Mul, Samantha Adams, Roland Bal

Book Reviews

Brian Kleiner, Isabelle Renschler, Boris Wernli, Peter Farago, & Dominique Joye (eds) (2013) Understanding Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences. Zurich: Seismo
Dominique Vinck

Eric T. Meyer & Ralph Schroeder (2015) Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press
Dominique Vinck

Paul Wouters, Anne Beaulieu, Andrea Scharnhorst, & Sally Wyatt (eds) (2013) Virtual Knowledge: Experimenting in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press
Dominique Vinck

Mongili Alessandro & Pellegrino Giuseppina (eds) (2014) Information Infrastructure(s): Boundaries, Ecologies, Multiplicity. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Jean-Christophe Plantin

Posted: 2016-09-14

Call For Papers: Special Issue on the many modes of Citizen Science


This call for papers is concerned with the many modes of citizen science that have emerged in recent times. During the past two decades there has been an increased interest in citizen science (Follett and Strezov 2015; Kullenberg and Kasperowski 2016). Such projects have often been launched with expectations of changing the very landscape of science, especially with reference to citizen science in the natural sciences, where it is performed as a method that engages volunteers for collecting and submitting observations (Silvertown 2009; Cohn 2008; Danielsen, Burgess, and Balmford 2005).

Posted: 2016-06-18 More...

Science & Technology Studies, Volume 29, Issue 2, is out now!


Special Issue
Knowledge Infrastructures: Part II

Table of Contents

Guest Editorial: Knowledge infrastructures: Part II

Helena Karasti, Florence Millerand, Christine M. Hine, Geoffrey C. Bowker

Value Oscillation in Knowledge Infrastructure: Observing its Dynamic in Japan’s Drug Discovery Pipeline
Masato Fukushima

Building Knowledge Infrastructures for Empowerment: A Study of Grassroots Water Monitoring Networks in the Marcellus Shale
Kirk Jalbert

Making Knowledge in Boundary Infrastructures: Inside and Beyond a Database for Rare Diseases
Éric Dagiral, Ashveen Peerbaye

Discussion Paper: Studying the History of Social Science Data Archives as Knowledge Infrastructure
Kalpana Shankar, Kristin R. Eschenfelder, Greg Downey

Book Reviews

Joe Deville, Michael Guggenheim, & Zuzana Hrdličková (eds) (forthcoming, 2016) Practicing Comparison: Logics, Relations, Collaborations. Manchester: Mattering Press. 199 pages
Steven D. Brown

John Law & Evelyn Ruppert (eds) (forthcoming, 2016) Modes of Knowing: Resources from the Baroque. Manchester: Mattering Press
Benjamin Alberti

Vicki MacKnight (forthcoming, 2016) Imagining Classrooms: Stories of children, teaching and ethnography. Manchester: Mattering Press. 198 pages
Josefine Raasch

Franck Cochoy (forthcoming, 2016) On Curiosity: The Art of Market Seduction. Manchester: Mattering Press. 138 pages
Gay Hawkins

Posted: 2016-05-13

Science & Technology Studies, Volume 29, Issue 1 Is Out Now!


Special Issue
Knowledge Infrastructures: Part I

Helena Karasti, Florence Millerand, Christine M. Hine, Geoffrey C. Bowker
Guest Editorial: Knowledge infrastructures: Part I

Sally Wyatt, Anna Harris, Susan E. Kelly
Controversy goes online: Schizophrenia genetics on Wikipedia

Elena Parmiggiani, Eric Monteiro
A measure of ‘environmental happiness’: Infrastructuring environmental risk in oil and gas off shore operations

Angie M. Boyce
Outbreaks and the management of ‘second-order friction’: Repurposing materials and data from the health care and food systems for public health surveillance 

Book Reviews

Zuiderent-Jerak Teun (2015) Situated Intervention: Sociological Experiments in Health Care. Cambridge & London: The MIT Press. 248 pages
Gary Lee Downey

Zuiderent-Jerak Teun (2015) Situated Intervention: Sociological Experiments in Health Care. Cambridge & London: The MIT Press. 248 pages
Brit Ross Winthereik, Jessica Mesman, Noortje Marres

Situated Intervention: Response to Comments
Teun Zuiderent-Jerak

Otto Ton & Bubandt Nils (eds) (2010) Experiments in Holism: Anthropology and the Predicaments of Holism. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 336 pages
Michaela Spencer

Posted: 2016-02-13

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue On Numbering, Numbers And After Numbers: Doing & Undoing Calculative Practices


Deadline: 31 December 2015

Numbers matter in science, technology and in myriad further fields. Relating to the ubiquitous presence of numbers and numbering, STS has been developing and drawing on a range of analytics in generative studies of numbers and numbering (e.g. Lave 1988, Porter 1995, Verran 2001). Among recent innovations in STS analytics of numbers and numbering, four lines of work recruit a dynamics of referencing and application: H. Verran’s investigations of numbering and enumerated entities, K. Asdal’s approach to studying the relation between (non-)use of numbers and authority, the conversations between F. Cochoy, M. Callon and J. Law on the intersection of quantification and qualification and the analytical promise of the neologist term qualculation, and the study of valuation in the context of C.F. Helgesson and F. Muniesa's Valuation Studies that involves engaging how quantifying values and how valuing something relates to numbering it. This special issue invites contributors to apply and scrutinise, rather than “merely” apply, such recent analytic innovations through empirical engagement. By this we hope to foreground how analysing numbering, interrogating enumerated entities, and revealing calculations and their intersections with qualifications, separately and together contribute to STS scholarship.

Posted: 2016-02-11 More...

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue On Critique And Complicity: STS And Global Health


Deadline: 15 September 2015

This call for papers is concerned with two disciplinary fields, commonly referred to as ‘STS’ and ‘Global Health’, and how they encounter each other. The special issue will provoke discussion about the analytical, methodological and practical encounters of these fields and the nature of that engagement. STS has exposed the often latent political and economic interests which infuse seemingly objective scientific data and practices, troubling ideas of expertise and the neutrality of scientific knowledge. In so doing, the STS sensibilities of impartiality and symmetry have proved incisive analytical tools in examining science and technology. In bringing these two strands together, we also aim to shed light on STS’s sets of “methodological reality practices” (Law 2008), which have often posited STS as first and foremost a critical enterprise which is non-interventional, apolitical, agnostic, and symmetrical.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue On Bruno Latour And Environmental Governance


Deadline: 28 September 2015

This Special Issue of Science & Technology Studies takes as its starting point the idea that Latour’s work can be used to explain and understand the workings of environmental governance, taking the IPCC as a prime example (where scientific facts arise as a compromise between various interests, processes of translation and purification, etc.), but also to hint towards ways in which institutions at the environmental science–policy interface (such as the IPCC) can fulfil their much-needed roles as scientific institutions able to interface with the demands of its various audiences, including policymakers and more and less concerned citizens.

Posted: 2016-02-11 More...



Guest Editors: Helena Karasti, Florence Millerand, Christine M. Hine, Geoffrey C. Bowker
Submission deadline: October 19, 2014

In recent decades we have witnessed important changes in research and knowledge production. Whether these changes are promoted as a transformative force enabling new forms of investigation or perceived as buttressing existing forms of research, they are associated with developments in information technologies and infrastructures. These developments aim to pull people together, supporting distributed collaboration or facilitating new joint activities and endeavors across domains, fields, institutions, and geographies. They offer new opportunities for the sharing and connecting of information and resources – data, code, publications, computing power, laboratories, instruments, and major equipment. They often bring together a diversity of actors, organizations and perspectives from, for instance, academia, industry, business, and general public. The social, material, technical, and political relations of research and knowledge production are changing through digitalization of data, communication and collaboration, virtualization of research communities and networks, and infrastructuring of underlying systems, structures and services. These emerging phenomena participate in ongoing transitions in the scholarly arena, and in society in general: traditional ways of doing research may be challenged and knowledge production may become more distributed and broader in participants. These phenomena have been cast under several labels such as big science, data-driven science, networked science, open science, Digital Humanities, and science 2.0. Other terms used are: e-Science, e-Social Science, e-Research, e-Infrastructure, and cyberinfrastructure.

Posted: 2016-02-11 More...

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue On New Topics In Interaction Between University And Society Guest editors: Juha Tuunainen & Kari Kantasalmi


Dead line: 30 September, 2014

This special issue of Science & Technology Studies is based on the session, which will be organized at the International Sociological Association’s (ISA) XVIII World Congress of Sociology to be held on 13-19 July, 2014, in Yokohama, Japan. In addition to those authors whose papers have been accepted for presentation in the conference, the call for papers is hereby extended to other scholars working with the topic. The special issue will be edited by Juha Tuunainen and Kari Kantasalmi.

Posted: 2016-02-11 More...
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