This research seminar will discuss the way security and technological escalation have impacted State borders over the last 20 years. It will implement a trans-disciplinary perspective by bringing together human scientists (historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, philosophers, political scientists), hard scientists (artificial intelligence, computer sciences) and artists (webart, hypermedia).


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In the first workshop, the speakers will discuss the increasingly sophisticated technologies (robots, drones, biometry, technosciences) deployed nowadays along State borders as well as within and beyond these spaces. The socio-historical perspective adopted within the second workshop will help better grasp the processes within which this technological escalation is embedded.

Finally, the third workshop will present two trans-disciplinary works discussing the pervasive and diffuse character of border controls. Between biographies and codes, borders pervade human bodies and flows of digital data.

Wednesday February 13

14h00-16h00 Workshop 1 : Drones, robots and technoscience

Président : Samuel Bordreuil (sociologue, IMéRA, LAMES, CNRS-AMU)
– Noël Sharkey (artificial intelligence, University of Sheffield) « Robots at the border: new weapons, new problems?”
RYBN.ORG (collectif artistique, Paris) «Antidatamining: Borders to the test of financialized economy»
– Charles Heller (filmmaker and writer, Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London) “Forensic Oceanography: subverting surveillance, demanding accountability”
– Klaus-Gerd Giesen (science politique, Université d’Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand) The biopolitical normalization of the human: a fractal regulation beyond and below borders”

16h30-18h00 – DISCUSSION

Tuesday, February 14

9h30-11h30 Workshop 2: From Identification to Biometry

Président: Cédric Parizot (anthropologue du politique, IMéRA, IREMAM, CNRS-AMU)
– Martine Kaluszynski, (socio-historienne, PACTE, CNRS, Grenoble) « From anthropometric notebook to biometric passeport: Identification, a State building practice»
– Hidefumi Nishiyama (politics and International Studies, University of Warwick) « Bordering bodies in Imperial Japan and beyond»
– Gabriel Popescu (geographer, Indiana University, South Bend) « Border Bodyscapes and Precarious Life: Techno-embedding borders into mobile
– Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (science politique, University of Victoria, Bristish Columbia) “Borders, Theory and Security: the border, here, there, and everywhere”

12h00-13h30 DISCUSSION

13h30-14h30 PAUSE DEJEUNER

14h30-16h00 Workshop 3 : Pervasive borders

Présidente: Anne Laure Amilhat Szary (géographe, PACTE, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble)
Joana Moll (new media artist, Barcelone) « Move and get shot: Surveillance through social networks along the US-Mexico
– Nick Mai (anthropologist, London Metropolitan University) «Emborder : the biographisation of borders»
– Jean Cristofol (philosophe, Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix en Provence) « Flux, images et frontières/Flows, Images and borders»

16h30-18h00 DISCUSSION

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