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 / Surindar Dhesi and Arshad IsakjeeThe ongoing emergency for refugees is having profound and hidden health consequences for thousands of displaced persons who live in informal ‘makeshift’ camps across Europe.
Reflections / Prince K. Guma"Questions need to be posed as to how we ought to (dis)associate and (dis)connect from/with dominant and inextricable narratives, imaginaries and dichotomies if we must accurately subsume the African city within the increasingly precarious global present."
Reflections / Michael Mascarenhas"White privilege abounds in STS. We need to look no further than our STS departments and programs." Michael Mascarenhas unmasks the "white spaces in the black box" of contemporary STS.
Report-backs / Sam Weiss EvansSam Weiss Evans reports on conversations held at 4S Boston about the challenges and promises of building STS Programs
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.
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