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P144


Border infrastructures, geopolitical shocks, and regulation cracks 
Convenors:
Vasileios Galis (IT University of Copenhagen)
Elena Raviola (University of Gothenburg)
Vasilis Vlassis (IT University Copenhagen)
Luna Secher Rasmussen (IT University of Copenhagen)
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Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel invites papers that investigate border and mobility control in terms of new technologies, practices and laws. We are interested in the tensions between democratic oversight as well as mobility and expectations of security that characterize the use of new forms of global borders.

Long Abstract:

Ours is an era characterized by simultaneous occurrence of several crises. Crises have long been an unexpected or constructed yet recurring part of social life, calling for action that tackles the insecurity of the moment and brings stability in areas such as border control and migration. National states and supranational authorities have historically risen to the task through increasing sophistication of border infrastructures as well as investments in (digitalization for) mobility and goods-circulation control. This proliferation of border crises means control has become pervasive in return, becoming a long-term method of mobility governance and border surveillance. Border infrastructure development is thus a means of addressing a permanent state of crisis across borderlands. This panel invites papers that investigate border and mobility control in terms of new technologies, practices and laws. We are particularly interested in the tensions between democratic oversight as well as mobility and expectations of security that characterize the use of new forms of digital surveillance at global borders. During the panel, we aim to include a diverse set of ideas, approaches, and methods to problematize how existing standards and legislation, and changes in them, are considered in digital border surveillance as well as how border infrastructures depend on constant retrofitting, responding to a variety of geopolitical events and international regulation – what we refer to as cracks and shocks.

Accepted papers: