Alongside the academic program, 4S Sydney will bring you a rich program of activities, field trips, art events, and more.

Special interest groups

We aspire to make 4S Sydney a place where diverse STS communities can meet and thrive. Please use this form to request a meeting space for your group at the conference.

Affiliated Events

Neuroscience & Society: Ethics, Law, and Technology
24-25 August
This conference will investigate the ethical, clinical, legal, and societal implications of a wide range of "moral technologies" that target factors beyond, as well as within, the brain, in order to observe, explain, and influence human thought and behaviour.
Making Sense of the Underground
26-27 August
Mining, subterranean exploration, burial, and other forms of underground work are rich areas of investigation for STS scholars.
Brave New Law
27-28 August
Biopolitics of science pop up research lab
STS and Africa 2018
27-28 August
This workshop seeks to explore the question: ‘What are the boundaries of Science and Technology in Africa and how should we recognize and address both the uniqueness of African knowledge production and innovation on the one hand, and the potential that STS work in Africa has to offer to the field as a whole on the other?’ The workshop seeks to bring together a diverse group of STS scholars working in the disparate intellectual communities of Biomedicine, the Environment and Information and Communication Technology.
Postgrad Workshop
28 August
A full-day pre-conference workshop for MA, MS and PhD students and other early-career researchers. The focus of this year’s workshop will be on connecting transnational STS communities.
First Nations Activism and Media Roundtable
28 August, 6 - 8pm (drinks from 5pm)
This Roundtable brings together scholars and producers of First Nations media to discuss the relationship between media and activism in a range of contexts including Australia, North America and Central America.
Natty Wine and Its Companion Species
28 August 5-7pm
At P&V in the gritty-artsy Newtown neighborhood, join a lively guided tasting and conversation about natural wine worlds, living soils, microbial terroirs and more with P&V co-owner Mike Bennie, founder of the Sydney sustainability-focused wine fair Rootstock, and wine anthropologist Deborah Heath.
Doing Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research
29 August
Master class with Professor Margrit Shildrick. Engaging with the problematic of interdisciplinary research, the master class will look critically at a supposedly single biomedical event, that of heart transplantation, to investigate how variety of data and discourses can be brought together in the production of knowledge.
Powerhouse Museum during 4S 2018
Art, science and speculation converge in this series of installations that asks the question What makes us human and How might humans adapt in the future? Curated by Katie Dyer and Dr Lizzie Muller
Trans-Film Festival
Powerhouse Museum during 4S 2018
Please contact us with your ideas or submissions
STS Graduate Journal launch
During 4S 2018
More details to come
Sydney Toxic Tour
Wednesday 29 August
A series of provocations related to intoxicated animals, haunting chemical traces, toxic methodologies, pharmakological ambivalences, and chemo-social formations
Composting Happy Hour
30 Aug 18:00-21:30
An open social event for composters of environmental humanities and feminisms held during the 4S conference
Dyason Lecture
Thursday 30 August
Helen Verran will be presenting the distinguished plenary lecture for the Australasian Association for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (AAHPSSS)
Anthropocene Campus Melbourne
3-6 September
Across the four days of ACM18 participants will engage in a range of lectures, field trips, and workshops in Melbourne and the wider area exploring the theme of ‘The Elemental’.
Biopolitics and Materiality
5 September
Master class with Professor Thomas Lemke. In the context of the rise of “new materialisms” in the social sciences and humanities in the past two decades, the master class will take up and discuss different understandings of biopolitics that no longer exclusively address human individuals and populations, but attend to the complex associations of humans and nonhumans.