Forced migrations within and across the Americas, the EU, and other localities are counted, predicted and managed using a variety of technologies and calculation devices. Some of these include paper forms, registration systems, databases, maps, and algorithms, among others, which grant people on the move with rights and instituted forms of citizenship. A part of my research opens up these devices and infrastructures to problematize their mediations in bordering/relocation practices and the relational (re)configuration of statehood. Using ethnography as a predominant interface, I look into how technologies, paper forms and other devices produce boundaries of nations and state projects while enacting identity categories, migration statuses, indicators, and governmental forms of (in)visibility. Drawing on science and technology studies (STS) and critical migration/border studies, I examine the co-production between migration information infrastructures and statehood.
Alternative forms of sociomateriality
As migration (and population) management infrastructures are enacted, there is also a less visible redistribution of order in alternative spaces. My research also explores other forms of sociomateriality occurring within and beyond demarcated boundaries of the state and institutions. While doing so, I engage with posthuman and potentially decolonial understandings of memory, affect and reparation as relational processes involving human and non-human actants. In this arena, I have become particularly interested in the material politics of practices like curating street memorials, sewing wasted materials and, more broadly, crafting by social movements.
Street mobile memorials exhibiting state crimes in Colombia.
I am a member of Tema Genus, where my epistemic-political aspirations resonate with STS and the Postcolonial Feminisms research hub. I am also a researcher based in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna, as part of the Technosciences, Materiality and Digital Culture (TMDC) research group. I am a member of the Grupo de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Medicina (GESCTM) at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. I am also a member of the International Science and Technology Studies Research Network on Migration, Border Control Technologies and Infrastructures (STS-MIGTEC)