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Message posted on 17/10/2020

Online Panel Discussion: Making Europe through infrastructures of (in)security, Nov. 12, 2020

                Dear all,

We are excited to host an online panel discussion on Making Europe through
infrastructures of (in)security on November 12, 2020 with excellent keynote
speakers Claudia Aradau, (KCL), Annalisa Pelizza (U Bologna), Johan Schot (U
Utrecht) and discussant Ulrike Felt (U Vienna)! (see program attached)

Infrastructures have always been crucial objects of political promises,
desirable futures, and collective imagination, and they have been instrumental
for (re)configuring political practices and social values, for in/excluding
certain groups of users or enacting populations. Currently, we witness a
return to infrastructures in the context of European policies and discourses
of in/security. Examples include the so-called “Security Union” proposing
technological interconnectivity and interoperability as solutions to
contemporary threats, concerns with cyber in/security, infrastructural
practices to govern borders and migrations, or projects around “smart
cities”. In the most recent moment of infrastructural politics, the COVID-19
crisis has exposed contestations in manifold ways in which different countries
in Europe and beyond are responding to in/security in relation to health

This event will bring these various threads together and address the ways in
which infrastructures of in/security are designed, envisioned and assembled,
and how these infrastructuring practices co-construct “Europe.”

Please register here or contact the organizers at

Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Nina Klimburg-Witjes & Paul Trauttmansdorff, STS Dep., University of Vienna


Dr. Nina Klimburg-Witjes

University Assistant (post doc)

University of Vienna / Dep. of Science and Technology Studies

Universitätsstrasse 7, 1010 Vienna


T +43-1-4277-49625

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