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Event details of PEPTalk #2: Covid-19 and Europe’s technological borders
11 February 2021
12:00 -13:00

On 11 February, 2021, we will discuss these issues in our PEPTalk with Annalisa Pelizza and Rocco Bellanova. The conversation is moderated by Huub Dijstelbloem. If you want to join, please register via and you will receive the Zoom link by email.

Annalisa Pelizza is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on the sociotechnical aspects of data infrastructures, including ontologies and interoperability. She is the principal investigator of the ERC project Processing Citizenship on the digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe. Her recent publications include ‘“No Disease for the Others”: How COVID-19 data can enact new and old alterities”’, in Big Data and Society; and ‘Processing Alterity, Enacting Europe. Migrant registration and identification as co-construction of individuals and polities’, in Science, Technology and Human Values.

Rocco Bellanova is researcher at the University of Amsterdam, and affiliated to the ERC project Follow on the tracing of the networks of terrorism financing. His research focuses on European data-driven security practices and data protection. His recent publications include ‘Controlling the Schengen Information System (SIS II): The Infrastructural Politics of Fragility and Maintenance’, in Geopolitics, together with Georgios Glouftsios and ‘The algorithmic regulation of security: An infrastructural perspective’ in Regulation & Governance, with Marieke de Goede.

Huub Dijstelbloem is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Politics at the University of Amsterdam and Senior Researcher at the Scientific Council for Government Policy in The Hague. Together with Beate Roessler, he is founder of the Platform for the Ethics and Politics of Technology. His current research concerns the politics of border control and long-term climate policy. His work has been published in Nature, Security Dialogue, Geopolitics, Journal of Borderlands Studies, International Political Sociology, Sociology of Health and Illness and Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. His forthcoming book Borders as Infrastructure: The Technopolitics of Border Control will be published by the MIT Press.