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.
Reviews / Phaedra DaiphaWith insights from the new movie "Sully", Phaedra Daipha sheds light on the vanishing role of the human operator in high risk decision-making environments.
Reviews / Christopher O'NeillFirms like Humanyze and VoloMetrix have experimented with "white collar surveillance" technologies. Christopher O'Neill examines these and other forms of workplace surveillance in a recent article in ST&HV.
Reflections / Madeleine Pape"I continued in graduate study at the University of Michigan, and — intellectual fireworks! — found a vivid site for study: the case of science, specifically women and men in scientific fields."
Reflections / Julia Alejandra Morales y Santiago Martinez Medina¿What can dead bodies teach to the living? In this entry the authors build on their ethnographic works to reflect on this topic. They also put forward possible lessons from the amphitheatre and anatomy classes in Colombia.
Reflections / Aleka GurelBackchannels interviews Klaus Hoeyer, Aaro Tupasela and Malene Bøgehus Rasmussen about their recent ST&HV paper, “Ethics Policies and Ethics Work in Cross-national Genetic Research and Data Sharing: Flows, Nonflows, and Overflows.”
Projects / Annalisa PelizzaThe European database containing fingerprints of asylum seekers, called Eurodac, is now interoperable with national police authorities’ databases Europe-wide. What are the implications?
Reflections / Amanda WindleThe outcome of the referendum, therefore, has far-reaching consequences to all researchers, whether they are developing new audiences or mapping the effect of climate change on polar bears.
Reflections / Michael BoucheyThe prospect of human beings finally setting foot on another heavenly body after over 50 years is creating a great deal of excitement among partisans for spaceflight.
Report-backs / Erika Szymanski and Margarita RayzbergWith new initiatives--and a brand new Facebook page--6S organizers are pursuing ways to promote broad participation.
Projects / Richard D. BeselFrom the interesting experience of Cal Poly, Richard Besel draws lessons for schools that want to establish STS programs.
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