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Making Europe through Infrastructures of (In)Security

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Panel Discussion: Making Europe through Infrastructures of (In)Security

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  • Claudia Aradau (King's College London)
  • Annalisa Pelizza (University of Bologna)
  • Johan Schot (Utrecht University)
  • Ulrike Felt (University of Vienna)

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 diplomacy. 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.”

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