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



My research focusses on - and my interests lie with - the dynamics of classification and measurement, especially in state or bureacratic settings. Through ethnographic engagements I wish to investigate the dynamics of material and technological objects and infrastructures in producing bureaucratic knowledge and modes of understanding.

In both my research and practice I try to think of infrastructures, bureaucracies and classifications not as neutral objects, but instead to think with the pain or torques produced, or made producable through and in these. During my master's at the University of Amsterdam I have done so in relation to people with care needs in the Dutch (post-)welfare state.

My wish is to do research in order to share a deeper understanding of technology and knowledge in bureaucracies. Academically my focus and expertise lies at the intersection between Citizenship Studies, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Organization Studies. This means I look at the ways science and technology are mobilized in bureacracies and how bureaucracies rework technologies and knowledge. In order to get at this deeper understanding, I aim to fruitfully combine these strands of research while drawing insights from feminist studies, post-/decolonial studies, and political sociology. I do this in order to be able to think of ways which allow for all people to inhabit the world: to think from pain and torque in order to find ways in which bureaucracies and classifications can be mobilized so we can meaningfully be together.

With these interests and previous experience I joined the Processing Citizenship team to study how bureaucratic non-governmental organizations make use of already established categories, what these categories are productive of, and how these enact notions of 'ideal' migrants and 'good citizens' and how these unfold differently in different practices and sites.