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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.

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.

Reflexões do workshop brasileiro sobre Mudanças Climáticas e Estudos Sociais da Ciência e Tecnologia

Report-backs / Jean Hochsprung Miguel

title A growing number of Brazilian and South American research groups have been exploring the links between science and technology and climate policy. Informal networks have been set up and culminated in the Workshop on Climate Change, Technoscience and Society, which took place in April 11 and 12 at the University of Campinas (State of São Paulo, Brazil). The main objective of this meeting was to bring together STS researchers interested in the production of climate knowledge from South American perspectives. The meeting enabled a diagnosis of emergent initiatives of the Brazilian ans South American scientific communities and governmental institutions for responding the social and scientific challenges posed by climate change.

Rethinking Value in the Bio-economy with Kean Birch: New Research in ST&HV

Reflections / Aleka Gurel

title Professor Kean Birch, from York University, talks to Backchannels about his recent paper for ST&HV, "Rethinking 'Value' in the Bio-Economy: Finance, Assetization and the Management of Value."

4S Preview: Engaging STS Studies for Inclusive Development

Projects / Gabriela Bortz and Hernan Thomas

title What is the role of Science and Technology studies and STS scholars in promoting, advocating, and building pathways towards inclusive and sustainable development?

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

Projects / Ellen K Foster and Karin Patzke

title Action, Interaction and Change (or what our 4S title session really means).

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

Projects / Christopher Peter Wood

title How do we move away from the desk (and the projector) to convey more of the subtle interactions which take place between bodies, technologies and their physical situations?

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Reflections

Silenced Issues 1: A Story from STS Feminist History

Intractosoma with Sainath Suryanarayanan: New Research in ESTS

Will Populism Kill Your Jetpack?

Obama’s legacy in science, technology and innovation

Digital Care with Susanna Trnka: New Research in ESTS

Report-backs

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

Michael Lynch / Part I: Coming of Age

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.