Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
STS Futures Symposium in Toronto, Canada
Report-backs / Dayna Jeffrey and Michelle Charette
Informal Financial Markets: History, Ethnography, Technology
Report-backs / Daivi Rodima-Taylor and Elise Dermineur Reuterswärd
Bridging Science, Religion and STS in India: An interview with Renny Thomas
Reflections / Joseph Satish Vedanayagam
In this post, Joseph Satish interviews Renny Thomas on the challenges of bridging science, religion and STS in India. Thomas’ ethnographic work is unique to the exploration of caste, religion and atheism in the Indian laboratory.
Coronavirus – Call for Contributions from STS, Technoscience and Beyond
Reflections / Amanda Windle
Call for contributions from the 4S community in response to COVID-19. We are looking to put together a rough and iterative toolkit and a range of sources for 4S readers to think together around issues raised by the current coronavirus pandemic. Expected publication date for April 2020.
Denying Science inside of the heart of public administration: Why rhetoric and baseless decisions might damage Brazil’s agri-environmental policies
Reflections / Diogo Lopes de Oliveira and Ronaldo P. Santos
NOLA 2019: “What am I doing here?” Exploring discomfort in/as social research
Reflections / Marco Paladines
How does discomfort shape our research practice? In reviewing his 4SNOLA participation, Marco Paladines describes how a latent sense of discomfort affected his experience on these sites of science-communication and his ethnographic sensibility.
Technoscience: a science and technology studies podcast that’s not just for science and technology studies
Projects / Timothy Neale and Laura Foster
Gender Disparity in Internet Access in India & Facebook’s 3i Report: Evaluation or misrepresentation?
Reflections / Sharique Hassan Manazir
Exploring Technology-Led Experiments in Sustainability Governance
Report-backs / Nick Bernards, Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn, Daivi Rodima-Taylor, Jerome Duberry, Quinn DuPont, Andreas Dimmelmeier, Moritz Huetten, Laura Mahrenbach, Tony Porter, Bernhard Reinsberg
We need to take up the burden of remaking the world
Reflections Projects / Astrida Neimanis and Jennifer Mae Hamilton
Astrida Neimanis and Jennifer Mae Hamilton consider how the 2019/2020 summer of drought and bushfire–and the rain that finally followed–is strangely foreshadowed in a 1943 short story by feminist Australian writer Marjorie Barnard.