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Backchannels

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.

Discutiendo la agenda de desarrollo sustentable

Projects / Mariano Fressoli & Valeria Arza

title El Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación (CENIT) asociado a la Universidad de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) trabaja desde 2008 en conjunto con el Centro STEPS – Universidad de Sussex, del Reino Unido en temas que vinculan la ciencia, la tecnología y la innovación con el desarrollo sustentable e inclusivo. (Spanish, with English summary)

Light Years

Projects / Wesley Shrum

Wesley Shrum was invited to make a 5 minute, “experimental" film to help launch the 2015 International Year of Light at UNESCO.

Taking Care of Business Cat

Reflections / D.E. Wittkower

title Problematizing stuff is great. Open up concepts, get down underneath ideology, deconstruct—important stuff. Viva la différance and all that. Today, though, let’s solvatize something. And it’s this: what’s up with all these cats online? A philosopher reflects on the business cat internet meme.

“Emotional Bodies. A Workshop on the Historical Performativity of Emotions” Geneva, 20-22 October

Report-backs / Beatriz Pichel

title “Emotional Bodies: a Workshop on the Historical Performativity of Emotions” (20th-22nd October, 2014) aimed to contribute to this debate by focusing on how emotions understood as cultural practices have the affective power of creating emotional bodies.

Interview with Karin Knorr Cetina

Reflections / 4S Admin

title Former 4S Secretary Wesley Shrum is building a series of video interviews with former 4S Presidents. These in-depth interviews are a rich source of information and perspective, not only about the illustrious careers of these scholars, but about currents of thought within the field over time. In this episode from the 4S 2009 meeting in Washington DC, Shrum interviews Karin Knorr Cetina, who was president in 1996 and 1997.

Backchannels Editorial Guidelines

/ Backchannels Editors

Why write for us? Contributing to our online community provides you the opportunity to share how your work connects to and enhances the field; to build networks and resources around particular issues relevant to science and technology today; and to participate in a growing and important conversation about the value of 4S scholarship in society. If you’re a graduate student or emerging scholar, blog posts can help you hone your ideas, diversify your writing skills, and develop an audience for your work.

About Backchannels

/ 4S Editors

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.

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Reflections

Performing Moral Stories through Bodyweight

Silenced Issues 2: Stumbling upon a History of STS Concepts in Aboriginal Australia

Extending the ‘14 day rule’ on embryo use for research? Conferences as mobilising points

A Syllabus for Contextualizing Energy Policy Debates

Silenced Issues 1: A Story from STS Feminist History

Report-backs

Call for Nominations: 6S Representatives Deadline 4/15!

IV Encuentro CTS-Chile. Cartografías líquidas y territorios Sociotécnicos.

Segundo Congreso Argentino de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología

Graduate Student Organization 6S Recaps Barcelona Adventures

Michael Lynch / Part II: That Delicate Balance

Projects

How migrant registration infrastructures co-produce citizens, institutions and territory

Developing New STS Minors: The Case of Cal Poly

4S Preview: Engaging STS Studies for Inclusive Development

4S Preview: Re-configuring Knowledge Practices: Folding Margins and Norms into Dynamic Hybridity

4S Preview: Sensing, Walking and Embodiment With and By Technologies—A Track Away From the Desk

Reviews

Renewable energy for STS scholarship: the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies

Betwixt and Between Augmentation and Automation: Some Reflections after Watching “Sully”

‘Hard’ Surveillance and ‘Soft’ Surveillance: The Quantified Self at Work

Bicycling Renaissance: a Bike Boom of Old (With Lessons for the New)

Things Worth Categorizing

Backchannels Editors

Tania Pérez-Bustos, Chair, 4S Web Committee

Steven Jackson, Journals and conferences

Assistant Editors: Aleka Gurel, Yelena Gluzman

Gloria Baigorrotegui, Reviews, reblogs, and STS commentary from Asia, Africa & Latin America

Assistant Editors: Fredy Mora-Gámez, Prince Guma, Joseph Satish

Amanda Windle, Reviews, reblogs, and STS commentary from North America, Europe, and Australia

Assistant Editors: Leo Matteo Bachinger, Madeleine Pape

Anita Chan, Conference Blog Editor

For contact information, see the Editorial Guidelines page.