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 / Mariana Fossatti and Jorge GemettoMaking Change Bogotá, Colombia, was part of an international long-term research driven by Leuphana Centre for Digital Cultures, which seeks to question the hegemonic ways of understanding change by conducting intensive workshops where activists, academics and artists from different countries participate. In Bogotá the event was organized in collaboration with Karisma Foundation and the Javeriana University. (Spanish, with English summary)
Projects / Max LiboironWrite2know highlights STS scholars’ roles in civic participation and STS as an practice of “making and doing” politics in and through science.
Reflections / Kathryn de Ridder-VignoneAs we move away from intrapersonal learning and growth into the realm of hope how can...images serve? Participate? And how can they do it better?
Report-backs / Manuel Franco-AvellanedaThe training program for community leaders, museological institutions and libraries was promoted by Colciencias and UNDP during the second half of 2014. The initiative documented the experience of institutions and actors in countries like Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Colombia (Spanish, with English summary)
Report-backs / Daniel BreslauIn our current era, states are more frequently turning to market mechanisms to achieve social aims. Rather than socializing unmet needs, states are establishing new markets to correct the failures of old markets; markets as interventions, markets upon markets.
Reflections / Bryn Whitely2015 marks a year of revitalization for 6S, the student organization of 4S. To this end, we are planning to host three events at the upcoming 4S meeting in Denver.
Projects / Jim CollierJim Collier explains the purpose and goals of SERRC: "Social epistemology, after all, understands knowledge as a principle for social organization and action, and welcomes the reformist impulse."
Projects / Mariano Fressoli & Valeria ArzaEl 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)
Projects / Wesley ShrumWesley Shrum was invited to make a 5 minute, “experimental" film to help launch the 2015 International Year of Light at UNESCO.
Reflections / D.E. WittkowerProblematizing 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.
Tania Pérez-Bustos, Chair, 4S Web Committee
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