Call for Papers


Special Issue of ArtefaCToS | Vol. 13 N° 2 | October 2024

Submission deadline:  April 16th 2024


Embracing the Interdisciplinary Nature of STS Studies

Science, Technology, and Society Studies (STS) have been, since their very origins, a cross-disciplinary field, acknowledging that the complexities of its object largely transcend the boundaries of specific academic perspectives. Instead, thriving at the intersection of diverse fields, STS is inherently rooted in dialogue with others, enabling it to adeptly address the dynamic, ever-evolving landscape of science and technology co-implications with society, politics, ethics, and culture. STS not only offers insightful critiques but also provides innovative viewpoints into how we can navigate the intricate and often ethically charged terrain of scientific and technological advancement.


Call for Papers

In this spirit of dialogue, this special issue of ArtefaCToS aims to celebrate and enhance the rich tapestry of knowledge exchanges with an array of disciplines that define STS.  We invite submissions of original research articles, review papers, and theoretical contributions that explore the rich interplay and cross-pollination of ideas between STS and other areas such as:


Education: How STS concepts can be integrated into curricula and pedagogical methods; the impact of STS on science education; the ethical dimensions of teaching science and technology; innovative approaches to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.


Public Communication and Engagement with Science and Technology: How STS insights shape and are shaped by public discourse, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the engagement of diverse audiences; the challenges of addressing fake news, misinformation, conspiracy theories, public distrust and suspicion in science; rethinking the concept and role of expertise in contemporary societies.


Social and Political Sciences: How STS concepts and methodologies can enrich the social and political sciences; socio-political implications of science and technology; the influence of scientific knowledge on policymaking processes.


International Relations and Science Diplomacy: The role of science and technology in international relations. Science diplomacy as a strategy for international cooperation; geopolitical and geoeconomic implications of international scientific collaborations and joint research initiatives; how can science diplomacy address global responses to transnational issues —i.e., climate change, space development, pandemics, sustainable development—; challenges of negotiating cultural norms and values in the pursuit of scientific diplomacy.


Ethics in Science and Technology: Ethical frameworks, case studies and discussions of ethical dilemmas regarding scientific and technological advancements, as well as the role of STS in promoting ethical decision-making in research and innovation.


Risk and Controversies Studies: How STS approaches can shed light on a broad spectrum of controversial objects, from healthcare dilemmas to environmental controversies, technological innovations to climate policies, food safety to financial risks, biomedical ethics to crisis management, and social activism.


New approaches in Philosophy of Science and Technology: Epistemological considerations on borderline knowledge fields —i.e., Bioinformatics, Neuroeconomics, Cognitive Linguistics, Quantum Information, Environmental Humanities, among others— and the philosophical examination of emerging technologies.


Gender Studies: How gender shapes scientific practices, technological designs, and innovation processes, and, conversely, how these domains impact gender identities and inequalities; the importance of integrating a gender perspective into the analysis of knowledge production, power dynamics, and societal implications of science and technology.


Postcolonial and peripheral approaches in STS: Current challenges to Northern and Western narratives in science and technology; the recognition of epistemic injustice regarding marginalized knowledge systems; the need to advocate for a more inclusive and equitable global dialogue on STS issues.


Arts: How arts and artists engage with scientific and technological themes and the role of the arts in critiquing and shaping society's relationship with science and technology.


Emerging Dialogues in STS: As STS continuously evolves and intersects with new disciplines, this issue welcomes contributions that explore other lines of dialogues with emerging fields. Submissions may delve into interdisciplinary areas not covered in the above issues.



Submission deadline:  April 16th 2024

After carefully reading the information about formatting and style requirements, please submit your manuscript through ArtefaCToS Submission Portal

For inquiries or additional information, please contact the Directors:

· María Mar Cebrián Villar, University of Salamanca, Spain. Email:

· Carina Cortassa, National University of Entre Ríos and REDES –Center for Studies in Science, Development and Higher Education. Argentina. Email:

· Francisco Del Canto Viterale, University of North Dakota, United States. Email: