STS-MIGTEC Paper Workshop (conference)

STS-MIGTEC Paper Workshop 2022
ONLINE
15-17 February 2022
Call for Papers

The STS-MIGTEC network aims to stimulate and communicate work at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS) and critical migration, security, surveillance, and border studies. It seeks to bring together researchers from different disciplines and around the world and to initiate scientific exchange to produce synergies for relevant knowledge production (http://sts-migtec.org/).
The STS-MIGTEC Paper Workshop 2022 invites scholars to present and discuss current work in several panels, to plan future network research activities, and to think about interventions beyond academic research. We invite you to submit your paper proposal, which are concerned with (but not limited to) the following questions:

• How do migration and border technologies shape transnational migration and border regimes?
• Which material and epistemic practices manifest or counter migration management/control regimes?
• What are the material/ontological politics involved and what power effects do such entanglements produce?
• What data infrastructures of migration and border control emerge; how are these configured alongside intersecting grids of power such as race, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality, age, generation and in which ways are they/can they be contested?
• What new forms of health and migration surveillance technologies and infrastructures did the Covid-19 global health pandemic trigger which now shape how we ‘see’ migrations and how versions of ‘migrants’ are enacted?
• How are migrant subjects shaped and affected by migration and border technologies? How do migrant subjects enact, subvert, appropriate them?
• What role do alternative, interventionist or oppositional technologies and infrastructures enacted by migrant subjects or other actors in solidarity with migrant subjects play?
• How can we critically and publicly engage with migration and border control technologies and infrastructures? What can the methodological and conceptual repertoire of STS add to engage critically with human rights issues, inequalities, public ignorance linked to migration and border control regimes? What role do science and critical scholars have in that process?

You can submit your paper proposal either to specific thematic panels (see descriptions below), or to an open panel:

Panel #1. Digital urban borderlands – datafication, spatial inequalities, migration and the city

Panel #2. “Data quality” in border control and migration management: Politics, practices, and implications

Panel #3. Multi-modal interventions: the promises and challenges of creative and collaborative engagements with matters of migration, borders & technology

Panel #4. Contesting “the other” in Urban Data and (Non-)Knowledge Practices

Open Panel

After reviewing and selecting paper proposals, the scientific committee will invite discussants with appropriate expertise to match the papers of the panels so as to provide informed commentaries.

Please include: title, abstract (up to 250 words), and authors of the paper, incl. affiliations and short bios (75 words). Specify if you propose your paper to one of the available thematic panels (see below) or to an open panel. The deadline for submission is 31 October 2021. A variety of topics linking STS and critical migration/border/security/surveillance studies is welcomed.

Schedule
• 31 October – Deadline to submit paper abstracts
• mid-November – Notification about acceptance of papers
• 31 January – Deadline to submit full draft papers (short papers of 4000 words or full papers of 8000 words)
• 15-17 February 2022 – Workshop Online

Contact: Please, submit paper proposals via migtec.website@gmail.com (subject: STS-MIGTEC Workshop paper proposal). In case you submit a proposal to one of the thematic panels listed below please also submit to the panel convenors according to the information below.

STS-MIGTEC Paper Workshop team: Olga Usachova, Nina Amelung, Silvan Pollozek, Aristotle Tympas, Georgios Glouftsios, Maria Ullrich, Ana Visan, Vasiliki Makrygianni, Jasper Van Der Kist, Koen Leurs

You may also find the full call here: STS-MIGTEC Paper Workshop 2022_Call for papers

 

STS-MIGTEC Workshop 25-26 January 2021 – ONLINE

The first STS-MIGTECH Paper Workshop invites scholars to present and discuss current work in several panels, to plan future network research activities, and to think about interventions beyond academic research. We invite you to submit your paper proposal, which are concerned with (but not limited to) the following questions:
• How are migrant subjects shaped and affected by migration and border technologies? How do migrant subjects enact, subvert, appropriate them?
• How do migration and border technologies shape transnational migration and border regimes?
• How are migration/ border technologies and border control practices co-shaped?
• What is the role of alternative, interventionist or oppositional technologies and infrastructures that are enacted by migrant subjects themselves or other actors in solidarity with migrant subjects?
• Which material and epistemic politics are involved in this enactment?
• What power effect does such involvement produce?
• What are ways to critically and publicly engage with technologies and infrastructures of migration and border control?
Variety of topics linking STS and critical migration/border/security/surveillance studies is welcomed.

Panel #1: Material Enactments beyond Migration Management Infrastructures
Fredy Mora-Gámez and Eric Snodgrass, Linköping University, Sweden contact: fredy.mora.gamez@liu.se; eric.snodgrass@liu.se

Panel #2: The Politics of (Non)Knowledge in the (Un)Making of Migration
Stephan Scheel, Institute of Sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany contact: stephan.scheel@uni-due.de

Panel #3: Open Panel: Agency – Alterings
Olga Usachova, University of Padua

Panel #4: Open Panel: Biometrics – Imaginaries – Materialities
Jasper van der Kist, University of Manchester

Panel #5: Border Control Technologies
Nina Amelung, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal & Vasilis Galis, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Please find the full program here:
MigTec_workshop_2021_program

Previous Events

STS-MIGTEC MEETING at EASST/4S conference in Prague 2020
A first STS-MIGTEC network meeting will take place in the planned dates of the EASST / 4S conference “Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds” between August 18-21, 2020.
As the organizers decided to migrate the event to the virtual timespace, we follow and will have meeting online.

OPEN PANELS of STS-MIGTEC members at EASST/4S conference in Prague 2020
In case you are attending the EASST conference you might be interested what other STS-MIGTEC members are doing there. Here is a list of panels hosted by members here asap.

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Open Panel No. 14. Borders in the Anthropocene: Transformations of Climates, Human and Nonhuman Mobility, and the Politics of the Earth
Huub Dijstelbloem, University of Amsterdam; Polly Pallister-Wilkins, University of Amsterdam
      • Open Panel No. 30. Contesting the ‘migration/border control machine’: entanglements of information and surveillance infrastructures with the making of publics/’non-publics’
Nina Amelung, University of Minho; Silvan Pollozek, MCTS, Technical University of Munich
      • Open Panel No. 137. Proliferation, dispersal and (in)security: towards new vocabularies for the debate between STS and critical security studies
Annalisa Pelizza, University of Bologna and University of Twente; Claudia Aradau, King’s College London