To me, Europe's borders have always felt infinite. The Schengen area just felt like a large assemblage of European cultures, freely accessible whenever I desired. A true blessing. I never had to think about it any other way. I traveled from Denmark to the Netherlands to Germany, to Austria, to Spain, lived and worked and studied in 5 different European countries. I left and car back, seemingly without anyone batting an eye. But as much as borders seemed dissolvable, almost redundant, and fluid, this is of course not the reality of Europe's border infrastructure. And it is certainly not the equal reality of different persons, especially in Europe's border zones.
In this episode, we will explore the vast digital infrastructure behind Europe's border regime with Paul Trauttmanssdorff. Paul is a doctoral fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, studying how border control and migration management have been shaped and transformed by large-scale databases.
In this episode:
What is Eurodac, eu-LISA, the Dublin Convention, EES?
What is up with "overstayers"?
Goals of growing digital infrastructures
The promise of technology
What really is the thought behind the Schengen area?
The role of data quality
Borders and securitization
Humanitarian duties and ignoring the reality of mobility
Listen here: HIDDEN BORDERS w/ Paul Trauttmansdorff