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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.

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

Projects / Annalisa Pelizza

title The European database containing fingerprints of asylum seekers, called Eurodac, is now interoperable with national police authorities’ databases Europe-wide. What are the implications?

A personal plea from Europe’s polar bears

Reflections / Amanda Windle

title The 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.

Why A Partisan for Spaceflight Wants to Slow Down Space Exploration

Reflections / Michael Bouchey

title The 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.

Graduate Student Organization 6S Recaps Barcelona Adventures

Report-backs / Erika Szymanski and Margarita Rayzberg

With new initiatives--and a brand new Facebook page--6S organizers are pursuing ways to promote broad participation.

Developing New STS Minors: The Case of Cal Poly

Projects / Richard D. Besel

title From the interesting experience of Cal Poly, Richard Besel draws lessons for schools that want to establish STS programs.

Restitución de derechos para victimas del conflicto y el NO en Colombia: relecturas desde los ESCT

Reflections / Fredy Mora-Gámez

title "Revisiting rights restitution and the narratives of peace from STS may also consist of interrogating the technical objects and expert discourses that make possible the promotion of those narratives" / "Una relectura desde los ESCT de la restitución de derechos y las narrativas de paz consiste también en problematizar aquellos objetos técnicos y discursos expertos que precisamente hacen posible promover dichas narrativas"

Molecular Detector (Non)Technology with Luis Reyes-Galindo: New Research in ST&HV

Reflections / Aleka Gurel

title Dr. Luis Reyes-Galindo talks to Backchannels about his recent ST&HV paper, "Molecular Detector (Non)Technology in Mexico."

Our digital society, from citizens to companies, needs to understand the trolls

Reflections / Amanda Windle

title However we choose to name indirect forms of violence whether it is by calling it – flaming, trolling, smearing or slamming — finding new words to express age-old forms of violence towards women is part of the problem.

Michael Lynch / Part II: That Delicate Balance

Reflections Report-backs / Michael Lynch in conversation with Lucy Suchman

title In Part II of his conversation with 4S President Lucy Suchman, Bernal Prize winner Michael Lynch speaks about his early work and looks ahead to future projects.

Michael Lynch / Part I: Coming of Age

Reflections Report-backs / Michael Lynch in conversation with Lucy Suchman

title Michael Lynch was awarded the 2016 Bernal Prize for his important contribution to science and technology studies. Here, in conversation with 4S President Lucy Suchman, he reflects on his, and the field's, coming of age.

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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.