STS-MIGTEC is an independent network of scholars at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS) and critical migration, security and border studies. It seeks to bring researchers from different disciplines and around the world together and to initiate scientific exchange to produce synergies for relevant knowledge production. It is open to new members, including scholars and activists, and in particular migrants. Founded in 2019, its aim is to provide a critical understanding of current developments, shifts and transformations of migration and border control heavily shaped by the development, implementation and usage of new technologies. Moreover, the network targets to create visibility of such research in order to stimulate overall scientific and informed public discourse.

STS-MIGTEC is a joint endeavour of all its members and requires their active participation. The STS-MIGTEC mailing list allows the members to share calls for academic events, publications and job opportunities, invite people for collaborations and projects or ask for feedback and test arguments and ideas. The STS-MIGTEC website (still in the process of planning) shall contribute to the visualization of the network’s research endeavours. It shows the researcher’s profiles and their current activities, lists research projects and gathers an archive of bibliographies relevant to the field of research. Researchers who would like to become members can fill in the STS-MIGTEC profile form if they are interested in showcasing their projects or initiatives on the website.

The joint activities shall also lead to the joint workshops and conference panels, publications and grant initiatives.

STS-MIGTEC assembles, stimulates and initiates work which examines migration and border control as complex entanglements between policies and regulations, technologies and other devices, people and practices and which is 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?
  • Which material and epistemic politics are involved? 
  • What power effects do such entanglements produce? 
  • In which ways do migration and border technologies shape and reconfigure migration and border control practices and forms of control? 
  • How do migration and border technologies shape transnational migration and border regimes? 
  • What are ways to critically and publically engage with them?
  • What roles do science and critical scholars have in that process?

Drawing on qualitative and ethnographic research it focuses, among others, on the following topics:

  • the development and design of migration and border technologies and the inscription of values, imaginaries, visions and ‘users’/affected persons
  • the co-shaping of migration and border technologies and border practices
  • data and information infrastructures of migration and border control
  • standards and work of standardisation and harmonisation 
  • technologies as enabling devices for migrants
  • infrastructuring trans-organizational and trans-national institutional ecologies
  • mapping controversies concerning migration and border technologies 
  • publics and public engagement