Migration, Technologies & Postcolonial Genealogies

Migration, Technologies & Postcolonial Genealogies

Seminar series at the Centre Postcolonial Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London (Spring 2021)

This seminar series centres on migration and bordering technologies, drawing attention to the postcolonial genealogies of the current governmentality assemblages. It aims at fostering a debate about the mutual entanglements between the racialisation of “migrants” and the political technologies used for governing unruly mobilities. The series is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach to challenge the self-contained understanding of migration and situate it within broader political, historical, and theoretical analyses of bordering and racialising mechanisms. It critically engages with technology, the technologisation of border security and datafication of mobility by highlighting continuities and differences with colonial modes of governmentality.

February 23: Huub Dijstelbloem (University of Amsterdam): “Borders as infrastructure”  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-technopolitics-of-europes-movable-borders-tickets-138565387805

March 2: Anne Mc Mevin (The New School): “Statelessness Reconsidered: Black Lives, Abolition, and Border Justice”

March 9: William Walters (Carleton University): “The deportation plane”

March 15: Claudia Aradau (King’s College): “Governing borders through non-knowledge”

March 19: Shahram Khosravi (Stockholm University): title tbc

For further information, please contact, Martina Tazzioli


The Centre for Postcolonial Studies, affiliated with Goldsmiths, University of London, is dedicated to researching colonialism, past and present, and on the continuing legacies of the colonial era. One of the central aims of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies is to expand postcolonial studies beyond its original home in literary studies and to engage with current political, cultural and artistic questions.