Backchannels provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.
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.
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.
Gender Disparity in Internet Access in India & Facebook’s 3i Report: Evaluation or misrepresentation?
Reflections / Sharique Hassan Manazir
The Facebook 3i report suppresses facts about internet access in India. Such faulty analysis may cause serious policy implications which need to be taken care of more responsibly.
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
A report on the interdisciplinary workshop “Exploring Technology-Led Experiments in ESG and Sustainable Governance” held at the University of Warwick in December 2019.
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.
Energy Consumption of Households: some insights from India
Reflections / Prayas Energy Group, India
This post is a reblog of the first of a series of blog posts presented by Prayas (Energy Group), an NGO furthering public-interest in the energy sector through analysis-based advocacy in India. This post introduces the series by contextualizing a household survey conducted by PEG in 2019 and briefly describing its objectives.
Science, Technology and Society: A kickoff seminar led by Hebe Vessuri at the University of Cuenca, Ecuador (2020)
Report-backs / Elisabeth Marta Tómmerbakk, Mauricio Pino Andrade, Luís Emilio Martínez, Paulo Freire
An STS course in an emerging academic community.
Reflections on Backchannels for 2020 Resolutions
Reflections Reviews / Amanda Windle
Here’s Amanda Windle’s editorial perspective of the previous year of Backchannels’ publications, which includes many of our report-backs, report-ins, report-outs, reflections and projects covered as a curation of lists, and reflections.
Report-backs / Monamie Bhadra Haines and Shi-Lin Loh
Report on “Towards an interdisciplinary knowledge community on the critical understanding of emergent climate system intervention technologies in Southeast Asia” (Bali, Indonesia: 8 and 9 November 2019)