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 / Katie Vann and Daniel Lee KleinmanEngaging 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.
Projects / Yelena GluzmanThe 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-GarcíaBased 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
Reflections / Mark MoritzThe 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.
Report-backs / Mel Jeske and Derek ParrottThe STGlobal Consortium is an STS conference by students, for students. Melanie Jeske and Derek Parrot report back on STGlobal 2016.
Reflections / Janny Chang, PhDBeing 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.
/ Myanna LahsenMyanna 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
Report-backs / Lizzie SayerThe 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.
Reflections / Rahul MukherjeeThe Bhopal disaster remains present in the lives of Indian "chemical publics."
Reflections / Shobita ParthasarathyIt’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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