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 / Diego AguiarSecond Argentine Congress of STS (2016) in The Center for Studies in Science, Technology, Culture and Development (CITECDE for its Spanish Acronym) of the National University of Rio Negro in Patagonia Argentina.
Reflections / Jonathan CoopersmithIn office Obama was fundamentally an optimist about the potential of science and technology to improve society and safely expand the economy.
Reflections / Aleka GurelBackchannels talks with Professor Susanna Trnka about her new research on young people's use of health apps.
Reviews / Lucy SuchmanAt least one thing that members of the field of STS can look forward to in the new year is the 4th STS Handbook. Its contents reflect the life of STS at this particular historical moment.
Reflections / Kristoffer WhitneyChristmas is coming, and with it—in birding circles anyway—comes the “Christmas Bird Count.”
Reflections / Jimena Carrasca Madarriaga and Arthur Arruda Leal FerreiraQuanto aos domínios Psi, a proposta é de considerar simetricamente aos saberes e práticas estabelecidos, uma série de práticas fronteiriças menos reconhecidas e em busca de reconhecimento. Assim, serão considerados, por exemplo, estudos referentes aos conhecimentos e práticas das neurociências, psiquiatria, gestão, reabilitação, autoajuda, coaching, entre outros enquanto dispositivos de produção de subjetividades.
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.
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