Digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe

Processing Citizenship at Borders in Motion Conference

On the 17th of November, Processing Citizenship’s Principal Investigator, Annalisa Pelizza, will participate in a panel at the ‘Borders in motion’ conference at the Collegium Polonicum in Slubice.

The panel will bring in conversation two lines of state-of-the-art research on the relationship between state borders and technology.

The first points to the pursuit of a border-less European ‘integration’ through the application of technologies. This research takes into account the role of technology in overcoming division lines inside Europe by penetrating and relativizing state borders.

The second starts from the other end, the rise of ‘Euroscepticism’ regarding the vision of a border-less European society, which has resulted in attempts at intensifying the technological control of borders within Europe and between Europe and the rest of the world. Central here is a series of ‘challenges to Europe,’ from economic crises in the European South and the Brexit political decision in the European North to the pressure from migration waves to Europe and nationalist parties in Europe. In the face of these challenges, political stakeholders argue in favor of (re-)strengthening internal or external borders by relying on border-keeping technologies.

Annalisa Pelizza will talk about how contemporary data infrastructures for “alterity processing” (Pelizza, forthcoming) can show and shape elements of the multi-level European construction. She will address which values are implied by choice of a standard, a procedure, a protocol, and which actors are downplayed by such technical decisions, as well as which new ones are emerging. The lecture introduces data infrastructures for “alterity processing” as a field of inquiry concerned both with the management of Otherness and with the infrastructural construction of polities.

The panel will take place at Saturday the 17th of November, 09:00–10:45 at the Collegium Polonicum, room 205

More information on the Borders in Motion conference can be found at