Digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe
annalisa pelizza
Credits: Gijs van Ouwerkerk



I am Annalisa, a researcher, project leader and professor based between the Netherlands and Italy. Over the years, I have been active in heterogeneous fields, from academia to media art, from community media to government. The passion for research, analytical curiosity and fun in reshuffling categories has been the common denominator that made possible to meaningfully undertake such heterogeneous endeavours.

Currently I am associate professor at the Science, Technology and Policy Studies department, University of Twente, the Netherlands. My broad research interests are governance by information infrastructures; performativity of data circulation under a science and technology studies (STS) perspective; computational methods; interactive digital art, especially in urban environments; sociology of translation and semiotics as research methodologies.

More recently, my work has lain at the intersection of STS, communication science, and political theory. My research focuses on how information infrastructures as techno-social assemblages mediate broader political transformations. In this context, I am the principal investigator of the ERC Starting Grant “Processing Citizenship: Digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe” (2017-2022). The project looks at the transnational information infrastructure for migrant registration and identification – and how this helps redrawing the boundaries between citizens and aliens, Europe and Member States, Euclidean and networked conceptualizations of space.

When it comes to my academic and research formation, I hold a PhD in Information Society from the University of Milan Bicocca (highest grade), and received a MA in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Bologna (cum laude). I have first been assistant professor (thanks to a Marie Curie IEF), and then associate professor in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the University of Twente.

I was fortunate enough that my ideas have often been sustained by excellence-oriented programs, at European as well as national level. In this regard, I have experienced how generous and disinterested the scholarly community can be, and I am glad to contribute to make this known, also through outreach activities. Finally, I act as editorial board member and reviewer for various STS, policy and communication science journals, and am active member of international STS associations.

In the past I worked for quite a few years as project manager and ethnographer of large-scale government ICT projects for governmental organizations and engineering companies. In that position, I have learnt to be a fair project and procurement leader, driven by the belief that successful and efficient projects are those that align multiple legitimate visions.

During my studies, I was involved in the community of neighborhood TV-broadcaster Telestreet. In this context I designed and produced media art performances and installations at different venues Europe-wide. During my PhD and after I have also collaborated with Ars Electronica, as a member of its International Advisory Board on Digital Communities. Since then, I have never lost the pleasure of “opening up the machine". You can read my website or my publications (also on Academia), follow me @nisa00 or write me at apelizza [at] processingcitizenship [dot] eu