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Seminar Series: “Migration, Technologies & Postcolonial Genealogies” – Spring 2021

Continuing our seminar series “Migration, Technologies & Postcolonial Genealogies”, organised by Martina Tazzioli
 with the support of the Center for Postcolonial Studies, here are the details of speakers for Spring 20201 Term.

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Start time: 5 pm GMT
February 23: Huub Dijstelbloem (University of Amsterdam): “The techno-politics of Europe’s movable borders”
March 2: Anne Mc Mevin (The New School): “Statelessness Reconsidered: Black Lives, Abolition, and Border Justice”
March 9: William Walters (Carleton University): “The deportation plane”
March 15: Claudia Aradau (King’s College): “Governing borders through non-knowledge”

March 19: Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University): “The stolen time of migration”

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Governing Life through Technology, Connectivity and Humanitarianism (GLiTCH)

In 2020-22, Dr Martina Tazzioli will be participating in an ESRC funded grant alongside researchers at the universities of Durham and Leeds: ‘Governing Life through Technology, Connectivity and Humanitarianism’ or GLiTCH. Here is the official description:

“GLITCH examines how financial and digital technologies are transforming refugee governance and refugee live. Debit cards have radically changed humanitarian aid, tech start-ups and volunteers have produced apps and maps for refugees. How do digital technologies and financial tools change the relationships between financial actors, humanitarian  agencies and refugees? Which forms of value and data extraction are generated ? Are refugees transformed into techno-users while they are forced to protracted confinement and displacement ?

GLITCH investigates the increasing role of financial actors in migration governance. By Focusing on a multi-sited research which will include Greece, Jordan, Lebanon and the UK, the project aims to reveal emerging transformations in humanitarian outreach and the new barriers produced by them. Building on participatory co-produced research, project will benefit refugees, volunteers and hosting communities.”

Migration, Technology & Postcolonial Genealogies

A seminar series organised by Dr Martina Tazzioli, with the support of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies.

Speakers for academic year 2019/2020:

Dr.Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Aalborg University, November 20)

Prof. Engin Isin (Queen Mary University, December 9)

Prof. Claudia Aradau (King’s College, Spring term)

Prof. Sandro Mezzadra (University of Bologna, Spring term)

Prof. Nicholas De Genova (University of Houston, Spring term)

This seminar series centres on migration and technologies, drawing attention to the colonial and postcolonial genealogies of the current governmentality assemblages. In particular, it aims at fostering a debate about the mutual entanglements between the racialisation of some individuals as “migrants” and the political technologies used for governing unruly mobilities. The seminar series is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach with the purpose of challenging self-contained understanding of migration, and situating it within broader political, historical and theoretical analyses of bordering and racialising mechanisms. At the same time, it critically engages with technology, the technologisation of border security and datafication of mobility by highlighting continuities and differences with colonial modes of governmentality.