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Processing Citizenship: Digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe

Processing Citizenship: Digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe

Objective

Intensifying migration waves are changing EU policies―with Hotspots being set up in frontline countries―but also the way knowledge about migrants, institutions and territory is created. Information systems are key enablers of this knowledge. They materialize legislative, political, administrative dynamics in which citizenship, state and territory are co-produced.
ProcessingCitizenship aims to establish information systems as “interfaces” that make visible changes in the modern nation state. It aims to develop a history of the present that accounts for contemporary materially-embedded practices of registration of migrants at Hotspots as activities of governance formation. It addresses three research questions: How are migrants’ identities shaped in information systems-mediated registration practices, and how do migrants adapt or resist it? How are Member States and Europe re-enacted by data infrastructures for migration processing? How is territory reshaped?
The project combines globalization and border studies and surveillance studies in IT and migration with a materialist performative approach derived from science and technology studies and media geography. It analyses information systems, registration practices, data architectures and territorial patterns. Data will be collected via qualitative (script analysis, interviews, participant observation, discourse analysis) and computational (analysis of ontologies and algorithms, new method for web services tracking) techniques.
The research is ground-breaking in three ways: 1) by focusing on alienage and on the technicalities of data infrastructures, it sets the basis for detecting incipient changes in the order of authority; 2)it develops brand new software methods for web services analysis that is expected to set a new promising field of techno-sociological research; 3)by combining contiguous disciplines rarely interacting, it amplifies their ability to understand the co-production of technology, society, knowledge.
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Host institution

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Address

Drienerlolaan 5
7522 Nb Enschede

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 498 613,75

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UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 498 613,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 714463

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2017

  • End date

    28 February 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 498 613,75

  • EU contribution

    € 1 498 613,75

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands