‘Talking Books’


STS-MIGTEC ‘Talking Books’ event series: Reading Group and Meetings with Authors

Talking Books welcomes students and scholars who share an interest in the field of Critical Migration, Border and Security Studies and Science and Technology Studies. During the ongoing academic year 2022/2023, our scope is to read and discuss collaboratively three influential books. In their own ways these works engage in the tracing, theorizing, and illustrating of technopolitics, infrastructures, imaginaries, and material practices that concern the governance, and the co-production of people, borders, (in)security and social orders more broadly.

'Talking Books' sessions will be organized by way of instructing readings in a collective rhythm, collective note taking, online sessions, first without and then meetings with the authors. At the first session, we aim to jointly engage with a book through collective discussion based on note taking via Etherpad. During readers’ online session, notes will be followed up and discussed via online meetings. Finally, we will meet for an informed discussion together with the author(s). The aim of the series is to draw out the contributions of these books for our own work in these interrelated fields together with the authors. Finally, we want to help stir a conversation between these works. Altogether, we understand these conversations as starting points for a broader reflection on contemporary matters of technology, migration, borders, (in)security and social order.

You can register by sending an e-mail to migtec.website@gmail.com under the subject ‘Talking Books’, stating your name, affiliation and briefly your motif for participation.

November 15, 2022 (15:00-17:00)*
Kick-off meeting with readers
Book discussion: Dijstelbloem, H. (2021.) Borders as Infrastructure: The Technopolitics of Border Control. MIT Press.

December 13, 2022 (15:00-17:00)*
Reader's session
Book discussion: Dijstelbloem, H. (2021.) Borders as Infrastructure: The Technopolitics of Border Control. MIT Press

February 14, 2023 (15:00-17:00)*
Reader's session
Book discussion: Aradau, C., & Blanke, T. (2022). Algorithmic Reason. The New Government of Self and Other. Oxford University Press.

March 7, 2023 (15:00-17:00)*
Readers meet Authors: H. Dijstelbloem & C. Aradau

May 9, 2023 (15:00-17:00)*
Reader's session
Book discussion: Cole, S. A. (2001). Suspect Identities. A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification. Harvard University Press.

May 16, 2023 (15:00-17:00)*
Readers meet Authors: S. A. Cole

program flyer Talking Books

Previous Events

STS MIGTEC reading club 2021/2022
The STS MIGTEC reading club is a digital meeting space where the members suggest and discuss literature related and relevant to classic and contemporary readings coming from Science and Technology Studies, Critical Migration and Border and Security Studies. The reading club meets on a monthly basis.

The scope of the first round is to bring research on migration together with feminist and postcolonial reflections, theories and methodologies that have been developed within an STS context. Each session’s length will be 2 hours and two/three persons will be in charge for a short introduction of the proposed texts and the session’s structure in general (that is preparing structuring questions, taking notes and providing a brief wrap-up in the end).

See attached our schedule for this semester, it's once a month, at 14.-16.00 CET. If you would like to participate, we kindly ask you to apply by sending an email of interest along with a short Bio to migtec.website@gmail.com and (CC) lilimakrygianni@gmail.com. There are limited slots available. 

program reading club winter term 21/22