The management and control of migration as well as the protection of state borders against irregular migration are increasingly supported by digital infrastructures. These new forms of coordination and control instruments partially replace and relocate traditional forms of state border practices linked to geo-political spaces. In contrast, migrants apply digital devices in order to pass state borders, to build up transnational networks, and to stay in contact with family and acquaintances living at a distance.
Starting with this interrelationship concerning the digital dimension of migration, in this 3rd summer school of the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION (funded by the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD) we want to generate a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the relevance and use of digital technologies in multilevel processes which reshape the notion and location of the border itself and the way in which migration is dealt with.
The summer school draws attention to the digital aspects of border surveillance and border crossing, migration management and migrant agency. The summer school scrutinizes specific concepts like border regime, digital borders, autonomy of migration and digital infrastructures.
The summer school´s program contains a combination of various formats which facilitate acquisition and consolidation of knowledge and skills. Lectures by renowned scientists from the fields of border, migration and digital studies will delve into the core aspects. A continuous tutorial provides space to read selected publications and to discuss with researchers of the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION. During the summer school, participants will acquire basic experience in the practical application of a digital publication tool (MAHARA). Participants will be taught how to design and produce contributions in audio or video format and how to place opinion and information pieces in the world wide net via MAHARA. In addition, all participants are invited to introduce their own research projects or ideas within speed presentations. In the course of the summer school, visits of the Berlin Wall Memorial and the German-Polish border are envisaged.