Veranstaltung: Workshop: Border Regimes in the age of technoscience, 23-24.6.2022, AI Maker Space Tübingen


If you wish to participate, write to:, Deadline for Registration: June 15th 2022

Workshop Organizers:  Paula Helm (Technical University Munich), Regina Ammicht-Quinn (University of Tübingen), Dr. Karoline Reinhardt (University of Tübingen) funded by Thyssen Foundation

Venue: AI Maker Space Tübingen, 23-24.6.2022. 

The topic of border management and the question of technology-based methods in this context could not be more relevant than it has been in the last few months. Although there are pushes toward AI-driven solutions, the issue remains controversial. Not only NGOs and human rights activists, but also the European Commission itself warn of the risks. Combining the perspectives of law, computer science, science and technology studies, and ethics, the conference addresses current debates on and processes towards increasingly technology-driven border regimes. In doing so, the conference aims not only at interdisciplinary collaboration, but also at an international perspective.

The different national and disciplinary perspectives of the conference are conceptually linked by the term border regime (Hess et al. 2015). The concept refers to the interplay between normative models, legal traditions, technical frameworks, and socio-political practices that correspond to the idea of national borders (Krassmann et al. 2011). Due to its interdisciplinary perspective, an international comparison of border regimes has the advantage of neither being limited to a legal language analysis nor falling prey to the methodological problems of comprehensive cultural comparisons. Instead, it aims at analyzing the interaction between technical designs, social imaginaries, and practices, as well as jurisprudence.

With its cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective, the conference illuminates how technoscience (Haraway 1989) and social imaginaries of the technologically feasible (Jasanoff/Kim 2015) shape different border regimes and, vice versa, how different border regimes influence the path of technological innovation. In doing so, the conference follows the thesis that more complex problems related to the concept of national borders are manifesting in current controversies around AI-driven border regimes and, conversely, that some of the worst fears about AI are crystallizing in the debates on border control.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Regina Ammicht-Quinn (IZEW/Tübingen)
  • Azadeh Akbari (Behavioral, Management and Social Sciences/Twente)
  • Esteban Morera Aparicio/Sebastian Thies (Global South Center/Tübingen)
  • Saedeeh Babaii (Teheran Institute for Cybersecurity)
  • Andreas Baur (IZEW/Tübingen)
  • Paula Helm (TU Munich, STS Department)
  • Jessica Heesen (IZEW/Tübingen)
  • Tadayoshi Kohno (Computer Science and Science Fiction/University of Washington)
  • Matthias Leese (Center for Security Studies/ETH Zürich)
  • Georg Martius (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems)
  • Berndt Kasparek (Europäische Ethnologie/HU Berlin)
  • Silvan Pollozek (European New School of Digital Studies/Viadrina)
  • Gerard Pons-Moll (Computer Science/Tübingen)
  • Karoline Reinhardt (IZEW/Tübingen)
  • Jutta Weber (Media Sociology/Uni Paderborn)
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