The interdependence of research and border politics

13:30 - 14:30

This Online Talk is organised by the King´s College London

Amanda Chisholm
Senior Lecturer in Security Studies / Researcher in Gender and Security

Clemens Binder
oiip and visiting student at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London

One of the major trends in the EU’s politics of border and mobility control is the increasing application of technological infrastructures and devices. This dependence on technologies in a central area of policy interest for the bloc has fueled the development of “state-of-the-art” devices. Funds for the research and development of security technologies in the context of the EU’s Research Framework Programmes have been increasing and make up 50% of security research funding in the EU. Against this backdrop, the question arises how the development of devices enacts, produces and shapes politics and practices at the border.

This talk addresses the interdependence between research politics and border politics and investigates how research programmes and projects are shaped by and simultaneously shape policies of border control. In doing this, this talk explores how specific, often violent and exclusionary forms of the border become perpetuated through R&D and additionally examines the gaps between the desired and actual input of the research projects.

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