Fredy Mora-Gámez, Linköping University and Vasilis Galis, IT University Copenhagen



How can Science and Technology Studies (STS) contribute to understanding different aspects of migration and border control, asylum, (re)location, and citizenship? This session explores the potential and growing intersections between STS and migration-border studies. We draw on the concept of infrastructure as ordering processes and activities of framing, where heterogeneous entities, humans and more-than-humans, are aligned with specific roles and outcomes. Hence, we understand Infrastructuring Migration as a set of sociomaterial outcomes and orders where migration, technologies, statehood, and other emerging entities are aligned with one another in specific ways. Yet, Infrastructuring Migration is not a unidirectional process in which people are passively affected. Actors translate and resist the sociotechnical system of capture in ways that are not necessarily pre-established so Infrastructuring Migration also occurs in non-instituted spaces.


We welcome abstracts about:

  • Bordering technologies in arrival and relocation countries across the EU
  • Surveillance technologies used with migrants
  • Powerholders capacity to control migrants through surveillance
  • The demarcation of boundaries by bordering practices/technologies and expert knowledge
  • The reconfiguration of Europe through migration control technologies
  • Public understanding/debates around migration as an area of expertise and policy intervention
  • Alternative forms of expertise, technoscience and order developed by communities of migrants
  • Tensions between locality-globality, centre-periphery, instituted-alternative in the study of sociotechnical aspects of migration and border control
  • Situated reflections on the role of STS in the understanding of mobility and bordering practices
  • The politics of STS in addressing migration and border control


We expect to reflect on the implications of doing STS about this topic in/from different locations, how STS are transformed in the process of addressing borders-migration, and the ontological, epistemic and political co-contributions between STS and migration-border studies.