Linguists first used the term backchannel to refer to the spontaneous responses and signals that provide interactivity to what is only apparently a one-way communication. Social media users have adopted the term to refer to the unofficial, multi-directional online conversation that parallels formal academic exchange at a lecture or conference. The Backchannels blog is intended to have a similar relationship to scholarly discourse in STS. It provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community. The editors welcome proposed contributions.
Report-backs / GESCTM Universidad Nacional de ColombiaCon el fin de ampliar y situar los debates sobre el postconflicto en Colombia y las discusiones sobre posverdad, algunos de los grupos en Colombia con agendas CTS/STS organizaron el Segundo Coloquio Nacional de Estudios Sociales de las Ciencias y las Tecnologías entre el 21 y el 23 del pasado Septiembre en Bogotá. (English version available)
Reflections / Quinn DuPont and Alana CattapanQuinn DuPont and Alana Cattapan critically engage with the fictional characters of Alice and Bob. Characters that are meant to convey complex concepts – and thereby represent and reinforce gender norms in fields where women are already few.
Reflections / Aleka GurelDr. Elina Mäkinen discusses her recent ST&HV article, "Action in the Space Between: From Latent to Active Boundaries."
Report-backs / Joseph Satish VNotes from a workshop and public lecture in the University of Hyderabad in India, where Prof. Wiebe Bijker engaged with themes around science, knowledge and responsible research.
Reflections / Ken WissokerI always urge a symptomatic approach. Why would someone suggest that something needed to be done at all? What wasn’t working that required a solution? It’s the author’s manuscript!
Reflections / Michaela SpencerMichaela Spencer reports back on her experience of creating with Yirriṉiṉba ‘Yinin’ Dhurrkay an abstract in Aboriginal language – and a potential opening within 4S for Yolngu epistemic sensibilities to be listened to and respected.
Report-backs / Manuel TironiMeeting to propose different ways of thinking and discussing the anthropocene in Chile
Report-backs / Wen-Hua KuoA synthesis of Provincializing Forum its reflections and contributions available until 2 September.
Projects / Mitali Thakor and Stephen MolldremWe continue to conceptualize these meetups as part of a much broader set of activities focused on building queer approaches within STS and supporting the emotional labor of individuals who are actively involved in this work.
Report-backs / Alison MarlinAlison Marlin uses two ethnographic encounters with rocks – by Helen Verran and Sophia Roosth – to reflect on the stories these seemingly unlively objects may hold.
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