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.