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4S Backchannels Seeks Graduate Student Assistant Editors

Jen Henderson

04 December, 2015

Dear Graduate Students,

The Society for the Social Studies of Science, 4S, is currently recruiting graduate students to join the 4S website committee where they will help solicit posts and manage social media for their new blog, Backchannels. Students are welcome from any discipline related to issues of interest to the 4S community.

The committee created Backchannels last year as “an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.” In part, this is an extension of the Society’s effort to capture the different forms of making and doing in which scholars in 4S related disciplines participate.

One goal is to generate and to tap into those discussions that would be of interest to us all. Another is to provide a space where we might reflect on and capture the multiplicity of topics, conferences, and projects circulating in different 4S communities, both in the United States and in other countries. Finally, an important goal of Backchannels staff is to circulate blog materials on social media—to reach a large and growing audience.

Becoming part of our editorial staff is a great opportunity for you as graduate students to help shape these conversations and to solicit material from less visible topics or forms of STS research. And demonstrating your involvement in a national professional society and gaining experience with digital platforms is a way to highlight valuable skills and services to future employers.

We are looking for graduate students to join our efforts as interns. While these positions are unpaid, the 4S Council has agreed to waive the annual conference registration fee for those who volunteer. The following describe positions that are available:

  • One Backchannels Social Media Team Member, who will be responsible for developing a Twitter strategy for distributing blog posts and engaging with other groups.
  • Four Backchannels Assistant Editors to help solicit, schedule, and edit potential posts, as well as developing blogging and re-blogging strategies.

If you’re interested in becoming a Backchannels Assistant Editor, please email Abby Kinchy, at

If you’re interested in working as a member of the Social Media Team, please email Daniel Breslau, at

Please send an email that identifies the position you’re interested in, your experience with blogs and social media, and why you’d like to join the team. Include a CV as an attachment.

Most sincerely,

The 4S Website Committee

Backchannels / Projects

Descriptions of current work—the makings and doings—of STS scholars across the globe. This includes individual work, as well as collaborations between / with academics, practitioners, and policy makers.