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

Processing Citizenship panel at the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology


On the 27th of July 2018, Processing Citizenship will organize a panel at the bi-annual European Association for the Study of Science and Technology conference in Lancaster. The panel is titled “The European Other as site of institutional experiment. Articulating frictions in infrastructures for processing alterity” and is co-convened by PC’s Principal Investigator.

The panel  will focus on the frictions arising between established institutional and emerging knowledge infrastructures in the management of the “European Other”. It is co-convened by Annalisa Pelizza (University of Twente) and Melpomeni Antonakaki (Technical University of Munich), and will take place at Lancaster University, Bowland North Seminar Room 7.

During the panel, Processing Citizenship’s researcher Ermioni Frezouli will also give a presentation. Annalisa Pelizza will introduce the workings with a presentation on how contemporary data infrastructures for processing migrants and refugees at the border, as well as inside Europe, can shape the European order. Presentations by Jasper van der Kist (University of Manchester) on the emergent infrastructure on country of origin information, and by Marta Martins and Helena Machado (University of Minho) on the media’s narratives about the uses of DNA technologies in transnational criminal cases further develop this topic. Prof. Anne-Marie Fortier (Lancaster University) will discuss how the above mentioned infrastructures constitute experiments in enacting individuals and institutions.

In session 2, Ermioni Frezouli will be presenting about the topic of the “illegal” migrant in discourses and materialities regarding pre-removal centres and registration infrastructures after the EU-Turkey deal. Other presentations by  Vasileios Spyridon Vlassis (IT University Copenhagen) and Melpomeni Antonakaki and Bernd Kasparek (Technical University of Munich and University of Göttingen) focus on the correlation between EURODAC and the Prüm Convention and on Hotspots as ‘folded infrastructure’, respectively. Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University) will act as discussant of this second session.


The full panel schedule:

27 Jul 2018 – Session 1

14:00-14:20 Annalisa Pelizza

14:20-14:40 Jasper van der Kist

14:40-15:00 Marta Martins and Helena Machado

15:00-15:30 Discussion by Anne-Marie Fortier, followed by authors’ and audience reactions

27 Jul 2018 – Session 2

16:00-16:20 Melpomeni Antonakaki and Bernd Kasparek

16:20-16:40 Ermioni Frezouli, Aristotle Tympas, Annalisa Pelizza

16:40-17:00 Vasileios Spyridon Vlassis

17:00-17:30 Discussion by Lucy Suchman, followed by authors’ and audience reactions

This panel is part of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) conference. More information about this conference can be found at