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.
Projects / Karoliina Snell, Ilpo Helén and Aaro TupaselaExamining the premises and promises of the new data-driven health paradigm
Projects / Christy Spackman and Danya GlabauInvestigating the promises, perils, and consequences of living in an increasingly pharmacetuicalized world
Projects / Danya GlabauآNew insights on the stakes of incorporating food and eating into the biomedical toolkit
Projects / Stephen Molldrem and Mitali ThakorWhat is Queer STS method? How might Queer STS be institutionalized?
Reflections / Madeleine PapeAthletes trust that sports governing bodies have long settled the question of whether testosterone produces sex and performance differences. The concept of testosterone carries enormous symbolic power in modern society and particularly in the world of sport ... But most of us know only the simplified version of a complex biological entity that takes natural and synthetic forms and which affects individual bodies in inconsistent ways.
Report-backs / Tiago Ribeiro Duarte and Luis Reyes-GalindoThe Workshop on Latin-American and Postcolonial STS took place at the University of Brasília, Brazil, from 18th to 20th of May. It was organised by Dr. Tiago Ribeiro Duarte (University of Brasília) and Dr. Luis Reyes-Galindo (Cardiff University) to get scholars from Brazil and other countries in Latin America together to debate through the presentation of empirical case studies what is specific about doing STS research in Latin American contexts and what theoretical/methodological approaches are more promising for researching science and technology in this continent.
Projects / Francesca Musiani, Annalisa Pelizza and Stefania MilanUncovering regimes of inclusion/exclusion nested in technical details of information infrastructures.
Projects / Laura Watts, Max Liboiron, Phoebe Sengers and Kaiton WilliamsCrew wanted. Sail with us to the edges of the world, where monstrous futures can be found.
Projects / Sarah Kember and Alex TaylorCritically examining these relations between time, the count, and forms of life/labour, our research might also be seen to point to more careful and caring imaginaries of who and what could count in/through computation.
Projects / Johan Söderberg, Maxigas, Adrian SmithIn this track, we propose a mid-term assessment of STS theory, on basis of case studies of hackers and makers. The question we pose to ourselves is: Are we fighting a foregone war like old generals do when we seek the liberation of our tools, just as if it was our own liberty that we fought for?
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