Call for Open Panels

Deadline for Submission: November 1st, 2017

The purpose of calling for open panel proposals is to stimulate the formation of new networks around topics of interest to the 4S community. Open panel topics, once accepted by the Program Committee, will be included in the call for papers (see examples of open panel topics from last year here). Open panel chairs will have significant responsibility in the composition of their panels. An open panel may extend across up to three sessions of five papers each (i.e. a total of maximum 15 papers). Please note, in submitting a proposal, you are volunteering to chair a session of papers related to your topic.

An open panel proposal should contain a summary and rationale of up to 250 words, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS and (if relevant) the themes of the 4S Sydney conference.

Please consider proposing an open panel for 4sSydney to build your networks and create vibrant intellectual communities.

Proposals should be submitted by November 1st.

Submit your proposalAccepted open panels

Call for Papers, Closed Panels, Posters and Making and Doing Presentations

Abstract submission system opens: December 1st, 2017

Deadline for Submission: February 1st, 2018


Single paper submissions should be in the form of abstracts of up to 250 words. They should include the paper’s main arguments, methods, and contributions to STS. We strongly encourage you to submit your paper abstract to an open panel. You can contact open panel organisers directly to seek advice about the fit of your paper. Be aware that in some cases organisers will be happy to change panel proposals to accommodate your paper. When submitting papers, in addition to designating one or more topical Research Areas using the drop-down menu, please list up to five keywords to help the program organizers evaluate and assign your paper.

Closed Panels

Each closed panel proposal should contain a summary and rationale of up to 250 words, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. A panel proposal must contain a minimum of three paper abstracts conforming to the criteria above and may contain up to five, plus a discussant. If the proposal contains fewer than five papers, the Program Committee may assign additional papers to your panel to optimize scheduling and participation. We encourage closed panel organiser to include people from diverse regions, in keeping with the conference theme.


4sSydney will be offering poster sessions. Poster abstracts should be 250 words. Accepted posters should be printed, laminated and brought to Sydney. Posters will be displayed at the meeting and authors will be available at advertised times to speak to their posters. For those unfamiliar with poster sessions, they promote small group and one-on-one interactions with your work that can potentially be more rewarding than panel presentations. They can also facilitate translated and multilingual content. Your poster will also be viewed and read at other times in the meeting, increasing the visibility of your work. Poster exhibit spaces also provide a quieter space for interactions for jetlagged or overwhelmed participants.

Making and Doing Session

In addition to paper, session and poster submissions, 4S invites proposed presentations for the ‘STS Making and Doing’ event. Participation in the Making and Doing event does not count toward limits on conference participation described elsewhere. The STS Making and Doing Program aims at encouraging 4S members to share scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. It highlights scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. By increasing the extent to which 4S members learn from one another about practices they have developed and enacted, the initiative seeks to improve the effectiveness and influence of STS scholarship beyond the field and/or to expand the modes of STS knowledge production. The STS Making and Doing program was premiered at the 2015 4S annual meeting in Denver. View the 2015 presentation summaries here, and the >2017 summaries here

Judging for the STS Making and Doing Award takes place during the meeting. This award formally acknowledges and celebrates distinctive achievements in practices of STS making and doing. It recognizes 4S members who have demonstrated scholarly excellence in formulating, enacting, and sharing theoretically-informed practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields.