Interrogating technologies for assessing/assisting migrants

Forced migrations within and across the Americas, the EU, and other countries are counted, assessed, and assisted using a variety of devices. Some of these include paper forms, registration systems, databases, maps, and psychosocial protocols, among others, which grant rights and citizenship while also producing official numbers. Fredy´s research opens up these devices and infrastructures to problematize their mediations in bordering/relocation practices and the relational (re)configuration of statehood. He is also interested in everyday technoscience and migrants-led innovation that coexist with governmental interventions. 

Border crossing and rights restitution, particularly for people fleeing violence, usually involves long and inevitable procedures of application, registration, asylum request, contention, psychosocial assistance and humanitarian interventions. Thus, borders are dynamic and mobile spaces extending beyond walls and geographic limits. An interesting set of questions arises when problematizing the sociomateriality of the technical procedures that enact borders. Hence, Fredy´s research looks into how bordering practices produce boundaries of nations and state projects while also enacting forms of identity, migration statuses, indicators, and governmental forms of visibility. Drawing on STS, Fredy ethnographically examines the deployment of different technologies of assessment and assistance for migrants in reception and relocation spaces.  

Migrants’ alternative forms of technoscience 

As official numbers and governmental interventions are produced, migrants-led forms of organisation emerge in alternative spaces. Fredy´s research is also interested in technoscientific organisation and psychosocial innovation that occurs within and outside instituted boundaries. The materiality of those objects and the relations built around them represent a provoking field that mobilizes STS into everyday experience, psychosocial studies, material politics  and  other speculative arenas.  


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Migration in numbers: the sociotechnical production of solidarity in the EU, with Steve Woolgar.

Reparation Beyond statehood: assembling rights restitution in post-conflict Colombia, with Steve Brown and Dimitris Papadopolous (concluded).

Teaching

At bachelor level, I have been a lecturer in psychology in courses like history of science and technology, social psychology, and qualitative/quantitative research methodologies. In management programs, I have taught epistemology of social science and research methodology. At master level I supervise theses on history of science and technology in the STS programme at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and in the management and marketing programme at University of Leicester.

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  • 2017
    Postdoctoral researcher in Technology and Social Change, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema T, Values group. Linköping University.
  • 2016-2017
    Research Associate, School of Business, University of Leicester.
  • 2016
    Doctor of Philosophy, College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, University of Leicester.
  • 2012
    Magister in Social Studies of Science, Department of Sociology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

 

 

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