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STS-MIGTEC Writing-for-publication Workshop 2022

Encounters between Science and Technology Studies & Border and Migration Studies Athens, Greece May 19-21 2022

This Writing-for-publication workshop is organized by the STS MIGTEC network, with support from the RISK CHANGE research project (2021-2022), which is hosted by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). The workshop aims at facilitating encounters between Critical Border & Migration Studies and the study of Technology from the perspectives of the humanities and the social sciences (especially Science and Technology Studies and related fields such as History of Technology).

We invite applications on technologies and infrastructures of migration and border regimes, among other things concerning:

● technopolitics, promises and imaginaries of big data, algorithms, and AI innovation and regulation

● data practices, politics of expertise and the (un)making of knowledge

● digitized and algorithmic forms of (counter)surveillance

● racial and (post)colonial legacies

● controversies and issues on data justice and accountability

● socio-technical cultures of the mobile commons (autonomy of migration)

● (the lack of) social service provision and citizenship

● forms of and tensions in counter trafficking interventions

● biopolitical modes of bordering and how they affect migrant subjects.

The workshop aims at getting paper drafts ready for publication, and therefore invites interested participants who have work-in-progress writing projects to join to advance their work for final publication. PROGRAMME OF THE WRITING-FOR-PUBLICATION-WORKSHOP: The workshop consists of a programme covering three days with sessions on paper drafts presented by participants in the morning, followed by afternoon lectures by prominent scholars in the field of STS, history of technology and border & migration studies. Participants will get feedback from experts in the field about their research contributions. Lectures will cover topics dedicated to themes around how to advance papers in the thematic areas of the workshop towards publication. Post-workshop versions of the participant papers will be published in a bilingual online and open access volume (English, with a translation into Greek, arranged by the organizers).


The workshop is open to 10 early-career scholars (postdoctoral researchers, doctoral and graduate students) with an interest in the intersection of science, technology and border and migration studies. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and an early draft of the paper (1.000-1.500 words incl. an abstract and 5 keywords) that they would like to improve through their participation in the workshop. These materials should be submitted as one PDF by sending an email to migtec.website[at]gmail[dot]com and tympas[at]phs.uoa[dot]gr before March 15 2022. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 31 2022. Accepted participants will be expected to send an advanced paper draft (4.000 - 8.000 words) by May 1 2022.


There are no enrollment fees for participation in the workshop. Accommodation (3 nights) and all meals are covered by the organizers. The workshop will take place in Athens, Greece, however, in case of new pandemic restrictions, the workshop might be held online.


Nina Amelung, University of Lisbon,
Portugal Vasilis Galis, IT University Copenhagen, Denmark
Olga Lafazani, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Silvan Pollozek, European University Viadrina, Germany


Rocco Bellanova, University of Amsterdam
Julien Jeandesboz, Universitá Libre de Bruxelles
Niovi Vavoula, Queen Mary University of London


Aristotle Tympas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Lisa Marie Borrelli, HES-SO Valais-Wallis, Institute of Social Work, Switzerland
Olga Usachova, University of Padova, Italy
Mara Clemente, ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
Emellin de Oliveira, NOVA School of Law, Portugal SECRETARIAT/CONTACT

For questions, please contact Vasilis Argyriou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece): V.Argyriou[at]phs.uoa[dot]gr