Veranstaltungsreihe: “Talking Books” MIGTEC Reading and Discussion Group, starting 15th November 2022, online

STS-MIGTEC ‘Talking Books’ event series: Reading Group and Meetings with Authors
Talking Books welcomes students and scholars who share an interest in the field of Critical Migration, Border and Security Studies and Science and Technology Studies. During the ongoing academic year 2022/2023, our scope is to collaboratively read and discuss three influential books. In their own ways these works engage in the tracing, theorizing, and illustrating of technopolitics, infrastructures, imaginaries, and material practices that concern the governance, and the co-production of people, borders, (in)security and social orders more broadly:

  • Dijstelbloem, H. (2021.) Borders as Infrastructure: The Technopolitics of Border Control. MIT Press.
  • Aradau, C., & Blanke, T. (2022). Algorithmic Reason. The New Government of Self and Other. Oxford University Press.
  • Cole, S. A. (2001). Suspect Identities. A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification. Harvard University Press. 

‘Talking Books’ sessions will be organized by way of instructing readings in a collective rhythm, collective note taking, online sessions, first without and then meetings with the authors. At the first session, we aim to jointly engage with a book through collective discussion based on note taking via Etherpad.
During readers’ online session, notes will be followed up and discussed via online meetings. Finally, we will meet for an informed discussion together with the author(s). The aim of the series is to draw out the contributions of these books for our own work in these interrelated fields together with the authors. Finally, we want to help stir a conversation between these works. Altogether, we understand these conversations as starting points for a broader reflection on contemporary matters of technology, migration, borders, (in)security and social order.

You can register by sending an e-mail to under the subject ‘Talking Books’, stating your name, affiliation and briefly your motif for participation.
The deadline for registration is the 9th of November 2022. The kick-off meeting takes place on 15th November 2022 at 15:00-17:00*

More information can be found here.