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Technology and Agency in International Relations

1st Edition

Edited by Marijn Hoijtink, Matthias Leese


210 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-04-25
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This book responds to a gap in the literature in International Relations (IR) by integrating technology more systematically into analyses of global politics.

Technology facilitates, accelerates, automates, and exercises capabilities that are greater than human abilities. And yet, within IR, the role of technology often remains under-studied. Building on insights from science and technology studies (STS), assemblage theory and new materialism, this volume asks how international politics are made possible, knowable, and durable by and through technology. The contributors provide empirically rich and pertinent accounts of a variety of technologies relevant to the discipline, including drones, algorithms, satellite imagery, border management databases, and blockchains.

Problematizing various technologically mediated issues, such as secrecy, violence, and questions of how authority and evidence become constituted in international contexts, this book will be of interest to scholars in IR, in particular those who work in the subfields of (critical) security studies, International Political Economy, and Global Governance.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – How (not) to talk about technology: International Relations and the question of agency

Matthias Leese & Marijn Hoijtink

Chapter 2 – Co-production: The study of productive processes at the level of materiality and discourse

Katja Lindskov Jacobsen & Linda Monsees

Chapter 3 – Configuring warfare: Automation, control, agency

Matthias Leese

Chapter 4 – Security and technology: Unraveling the politics in satellite imagery of North Korea

Philipp Olbrich

Chapter 5 – Vision, visuality and agency in the US drone program

Alex Edney-Browne

Chapter 6 – What does technology do? Blockchains, co-Production, and extensions of liberal market governance in Anglo-American finance

Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn

Chapter 7 – Who connects the dots? Agents and agency in predictive policing

Mareile Kaufmann

Chapter 8 – Designing digital borders: The Visa Information System (VIS)

Georgios Glouftsios

Chapter 9 – Technology, agency, critique: An interview with Claudia Aradau

Claudia Aradau, Marijn Hoijtink & Matthias Leese

About the Editors

Marijn Hoijtink is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at VU Amsterdam. Her research interests include emerging security technologies and their relation to the politics of risk, militarism and weapons research, and the global circulation of security and military technologies. She has recently received a 4-years Veni grant from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to study the politics of engineering lethal autonomous weapons systems.

Matthias Leese is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich. His research is primarily interested in the social effects produced at the intersection between security and technology, and pays specific attention to the normative repercussions of new security technologies across society, both in intended and unintended forms. His work covers various application contexts of security technologies, including airports, borders, policing, and R&D activities.

About the Series

Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs

Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs
This series examines the crucial ethical, legal and public policy questions arising from or exacerbated by the design, development and eventual adoption of new technologies across all related fields, from education and engineering to medicine and military affairs. The books revolve around two key themes: ¢ Moral issues in research, engineering and design ¢ Ethical, legal and political/policy issues in the use and regulation of Technology This series encourages submission of cutting-edge research monographs and edited collections with a particular focus on forward-looking ideas concerning innovative or as yet undeveloped technologies. Whilst there is an expectation that authors will be well grounded in philosophy, law or political science, consideration will be given to future-orientated works that cross these disciplinary boundaries. The interdisciplinary nature of the series editorial team offers the best possible examination of works that address the ’ethical, legal and social’ implications of emerging technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General