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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.

Bending Genres at ESTS

Projects / Katie Vann and Daniel Lee Kleinman

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society offers two new genres of peer-reviewed scholarly work––Critical Engagements and Considering Concepts––that allow scholars to speak to STS issues and audiences in new ways.

Handbook for the Ages: Peeking into the forthcoming 4th Edition of the STS Handbook

Projects / Yelena Gluzman

The Fourth Edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies is coming. Here, the editors reflect on putting it together, and give a sneak peek of the Table of Contents.

No se puede hablar de una ciencia para la paz sin saber qué ciencia se ha hecho en tiempos de guerra

Reflections / Lina Pinto-García

Based on the work of six researchers, this text suggests that the field of social studies of science and technology (STS) can contribute to exploring the relationship between science and the Colombian armed conflict, investigating the kind of scientific knowledge that has been produced in the context of the war, and thinking about the type of science that needs to take place in order to build a peaceful and equal society

Big data’s ‘streetlight effect’: where and how we look affects what we see

Reflections / Mark Moritz

The streetlight effect is one factor that prevents big data studies from being useful in the real world – especially studies analyzing easily available user-generated data from the Internet.

STGlobal Consortium: By students, for students

Report-backs / Mel Jeske and Derek Parrott

The STGlobal Consortium is an STS conference by students, for students. Melanie Jeske and Derek Parrot report back on STGlobal 2016.

With Equitable Partnerships, African Scientists Will Struggle Far Less

Reflections / Janny Chang, PhD

Being part of today's scientific world poses great challenges for all scientists given its complex system of merit allocation and the high competition for jobs and research funding. Janny Chang from Africa's "Next Einstein Forum" discusses the implications for African scientists and their struggles with the current system inequalities in the light of Africa's colonial legacy.

Where are the Humans in Climate Change Solutions?

/ Myanna Lahsen

Myanna Lahsen analyzes the re-envisioning processes that gave rise to a new international research program which seeks to bring the social sciences into the center of research on global environmental change

‘A Conference with Extraordinary Films’ – Ethnografilm returns to Paris

Report-backs / Lizzie Sayer

The third edition of the Ethnografilm Festival took place from the 29th of March to the 2nd April 2016 at Ciné 13, Paris. With around 100 films and footage shot in a several dozen countries worldwide, the Ethnografilm Festival is a unique free festival for directors of documentary films that build understanding of social realities.

Enduring Effects of the Bhopal Disaster

Reflections / Rahul Mukherjee

The Bhopal disaster remains present in the lives of Indian "chemical publics."

CRISPR dispute raises bigger patent issues that we’re not talking about

Reflections / Shobita Parthasarathy

It’s time to consider a more nuanced approach to patents in biotech, one that disentangles innovation and the public interest from profits.

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Reflections

We Have Never Been Digital Anthropologists
Innovación por fuera de la ley, Narcosubmarinos y los ESCT
The Bow Valley and ‘People’ Without a History
A Newbie’s Perspective on the 4S Annual Meeting

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

Roopali Phadke, Conferences, journals, and events

Assistant Editors: Poonam Pandey, 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, Yana Boeva

For contact information, see the Editorial Guidelines page.