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STS-MIGTEC: Readers Meet Authors

On 7th March 2023, as part of STS-MigTec's Talking Books series, Professors Claudia Aradau and Tobias Blanke will present their book Algorithmic Reason: The New Government of Self and Other (2022), and Professor Huub Dijstelbloem will present his book Borders as Infrastructure: The Technoopolitics of Border Control (2021).

STS-MigTec is a research network at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS) and critical migration, security and border studies. Readers meet Authors is part of the Talking Books series, which welcomes students and scholars who share an interest in the field of Critical Migration, Border and Security Studies and Science and Technology Studies. The event series is organised by STS-Migtec members Andrea Berger, Olga Usachova, Mara Clemente, Nina Amelung, Vasilis Argyriou and Wouter Van Rossem.

The event will take place online from 4:00PM - 6:00PM GMT. More details of the event and registration can be found below and the STS-MigTec website here.

More about the authors

Huub Dijstelbloem is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Politics at the University of Amsterdam and Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy in The Hague. He is co-founder of the Platform for the Ethics and Politics of Technology and one of the initiators of the movement Science in Transition. Building bridges between science, research, society and policy-making, and methodological and conceptual innovation is central to his work. He was a member of the KNAW advisory committees on roots and prevention of inappropriate behavior in academia (present) and on the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (2015-2016) and served twice as ad interim Chair of the Department of Philosophy.

Claudia Aradau is Professor of International Politics in the Department of War Studies and Principal Investigator of the Consolidator Grant Security Flows (‘Enacting border security in the digital age: Political worlds of data forms, flows and frictions’), funded by the European Research Council (2019-2024). Her research has explored the implications of security practices globally. As more and more problems and people become constituted as objects and subjects of security, she has inquired into the effects this has for democratic politics and critique.

Her current research focuses on how digital technologies reconfigure security and surveillance practices, as well as the relations between security, democracy and critique.

Tobias Blanke is University Professor of Humanities and AI at the University of Amsterdam and Professor in Social and Cultural Informatics at the King’s College London. Between 2012 and 2016, he was a director of the European Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH). Since 2010, he is part of the executive of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure for facilitating research across Holocaust documentation resources.

In his research on AI and Big Data, he investigates their epistemological implications and impacts on culture and society. Furthermore, he explores novel computational approaches for the analysis of digital culture and society.



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