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.
Reflections / Rebekah CupittRebekah Cupitt reflects on how the foundations of ethnography relate to the digital.
Reflections / Javier GuerreroNarcosubmarinos, una mirada desde los ESCT
Reflections / Tina LooMultispecies ethnographies—of grizzlies in this case—through artistic visualizations let us question our actions in the world and the future we make.
/ Gabriela MarroquínStates of exceptions and anti-mining bodies as mechanisms to stabilized a mining territory
Reflections / Annemarie HoferAnnemarie Hofer shares her first experience at the 4S annual meeting.
Reflections / Gabrielle SamuelGabrielle Samuel argues in this blog post that while ‘hype’ surrounding biomedical research has been abundantly discussed, ‘ethics hype’ has been much less talked about.
Reflections / Joseph Satish VEnvironmental history is yet another important avenue for STS scholars to explore and work with – considering that forests, the environment and “nature” themselves are constructed socially, a theme so often explored in STS theory. This post shares why Joseph Satish feels this is so, based on his visit to the Anglade Institute of Natural History in Kodaikanal, south India.
Report-backs / Surindar Dhesi and Arshad IsakjeeThe ongoing emergency for refugees is having profound and hidden health consequences for thousands of displaced persons who live in informal ‘makeshift’ camps across Europe.
Reflections / Prince K. Guma"Questions need to be posed as to how we ought to (dis)associate and (dis)connect from/with dominant and inextricable narratives, imaginaries and dichotomies if we must accurately subsume the African city within the increasingly precarious global present."
Report-backs / Sam Weiss EvansSam Weiss Evans reports on conversations held at 4S Boston about the challenges and promises of building STS Programs
Steven Jackson, Chair, 4S Web Committee
Roopali Phadke, Conferences, journals, and events
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