Pre-conference Writing Workshop in coordination the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)

𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬

𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟓 𝐀𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Time: 6-7 November 2023

Seeking early-career scholars for a highly-interactive 1.5-day workshop to take place in the two days before the meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii.


The Workshop will draw together journal editors from 4S-affiliated journals – Social Studies of Science; Science, Technology, & Human Values; East Asian Science and Technology Studies; Engaging Science, Technology and Society; Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience; Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology, and Society (TBC); Science & Technology Studies (TBC) – and early-career scholars who are committed to contributing to the internationalization of the field and interested in publishing in English-language STS journals.

Participation is open to PhD students and early-career scholars who are up to five years post-PhD. Applications are particularly encouraged from students and scholars who are based at institutions in the Global South, however this is not a requirement for participation. The workshop will include sessions with the full group that allow students and early-career scholars to hear about the insights and experiences of journal editors, who are also senior scholars in the field, and to become aware of the projects that their peers are engaged in. It will also include small-group sessions in which attendees will receive feedback on a draft article manuscript from the journal editors and from their peers – a conversation that will continue after the workshop, as editors follow up on the progress of attendees and ongoing peer support is encouraged. Information-sharing and structured support, both during the workshop and following it, are designed to overcome well-known obstacles to PhD students and early-career scholars from the Global South in publishing in leading English-language journals in this and other fields.

Participants will be asked to submit a draft manuscript by 23 October 2023 to receive feedback on during the workshop. In preparing a submission, participants should keep in mind the types of manuscripts published by the seven 4S-affiliated journals. These include, for example, original research articles, substantial discussion papers, short research notes, and review essays.

𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩 𝐢𝐬:

Submission of Abstracts: 25 August 2023

Communication of Acceptance: 8 September 2023

Submission of draft manuscripts (4,000 to 6,000 words): 21 October 2023

Workshop in Cholula: 6-7 November 2023

Follow up meeting (virtual): TBD

This workshop builds from the 2022 pre-conference writing workshop and is supported by the National Science Foundation. (To learn more about the 2022 workshop, read Marina Pitta Lima’s essay, “Writing in STS as a transnational collaborative practice.”) Funding for travel to the conference will be provided for conference participants based at institutions in the Global South (as defined by the UNSSFC). Participants based at institutions in the Global North are encouraged to source funding from their own institutions, and to be in conversation with conference organizers if their participation would only be possible with financial support.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞:

Laura Foster, Indiana University Bloomington

Ali Kenner, Drexel University

Aalok Khandekar, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

Timothy Neale, Deakin University

Nicole Nelson, University of Wisconsin

𝐓𝐎 𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐋𝐘: please submit 250-word abstract and 150-word biography via this Google form before 25 August 2023.

𝐐𝐔𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒: please contact the organizing committee at email at

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