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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.

4S Preview: Bioinformation management in data driven medicine

Projects / Karoliina Snell, Ilpo Helén and Aaro Tupasela

Examining the premises and promises of the new data-driven health paradigm

4S preview: Pharmaceuticals Out of Bounds

Projects / Christy Spackman and Danya Glabau

Investigating the promises, perils, and consequences of living in an increasingly pharmacetuicalized world

4S Preview: Eating For Life: When Food Is the Best Medicine

Projects / Danya Glabau

آNew insights on the stakes of incorporating food and eating into the biomedical toolkit

Queer STS at 4S/EASST in Barcelona: Looking Forward and to the Past

Projects / Stephen Molldrem and Mitali Thakor

What is Queer STS method? How might Queer STS be institutionalized?

Why I now stand with Caster Semenya

Reflections / Madeleine Pape

Athletes 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.

Seminário de Estudos Latino-Americanos e Pós-Coloniais de CTS

Report-backs / Tiago Ribeiro Duarte and Luis Reyes-Galindo

The 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.

4S Preview: Materializing Governance by Infrastructure

Projects / Francesca Musiani, Annalisa Pelizza and Stefania Milan

Uncovering regimes of inclusion/exclusion nested in technical details of information infrastructures.

4S Preview: Here, there be future dragons…

Projects / Laura Watts, Max Liboiron, Phoebe Sengers and Kaiton Williams

Crew wanted. Sail with us to the edges of the world, where monstrous futures can be found.

4S Preview: Counting by Other Means

Projects / Sarah Kember and Alex Taylor

Critically 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.

4S Preview: Digital fabrication. Whose industrial revolution?

Projects / Johan Söderberg, Maxigas, Adrian Smith

In 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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Reflections

STS and environmental history live to see another day
African cities in the changing global landscape
Silenced Issues 5| Coming to Terms with the Colorblindness of Contemporary STS
Engendering Alice and Bob

Report-backs

Public Health in the Calais Refugee Camp: Environment, Health and Exclusion
Building STS Programs: Notes From an Initial Meeting
Segundo Coloquio colombiano en estudios sociales de la ciencia: hacer la paz en un mundo posverdad
Describing and intervening: Exploring the plurality of STS in India

Projects

The Third Year of #QueerSTS4S and Call for 2018 Organizers
Dis—ease with X and Y: Disclosing Digital Sociology
How migrant registration infrastructures co-produce citizens, institutions and territory
Developing New STS Minors: The Case of Cal Poly

Reviews

Book Review: Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic: Britain, Africa, and America, 1900-1920
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

Backchannels Editors

Steven Jackson, Chair, 4S Web Committee

Steven Jackson, Conferences, journals, and events

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.