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In this talk, Anouk Madörin discusses the long history of the European border regime by focusing on the colonial forerunners of today’s border technologies. Europe’s colonial history continues to shape the high-tech political present and has morphed into EU migration policies, border security, and surveillance apparatuses. The ongoing expansion of the EU electronic frontier not only sidelines the conditions of emergence of these new technological formations but inherently depends on historical sanitisation and the black-boxing of racist technological procedures that are firmly encoded into EU border apparatuses. The talk attends to the racial hierarchies that form these systems and highlights key moments when the past and present interact and collide.
Speaker: Dr Anouk Madörin
Dr Anouk Madörin is a lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Potsdam, Germany. She is the author of Postcolonial Surveillance. Europe's Border Technologies between Colony and Crisis and has published on the racial securitisation of Europe’s borders, the sexual politics of border control, and the colonial history of new media.
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