1st Edition

Technopolitics and the Making of Europe Infrastructures of Security

Edited By Nina Klimburg-Witjes, Paul Trauttmansdorff Copyright 2024
    208 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the processes and practices of the securitization and de-securitization of European infrastructures and how political institutions interact with security and insecurity. Expert contributors address distinct areas, from border politics and biosecurity to health governance and law and border control enforcement, to examine the various ways in which infrastructures are envisioned, designed, negotiated and built. They explore how ‘infrastructuring’ contributes to emergent forms of European identity, integration, and statehood. The book will appeal to scholars and students of Science and Technology Studies, Political Sociology, Critical Security Studies, International Relations, European Integration Studies, Infrastructure Studies, or Critical Border and Migration Studies.

    The Introduction and the Afterword of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Making Europe through Infrastructures of In/Security: An Introduction Nina Klimburg-Witjes and Paul Trauttmansdorff

    Part I. Infrastructures and the Technopolitics of In/Security

    1. Becoming a new European: the politics and practices of Czech biosecurity infrastructures Dagmar Vorlíček and Jan Daniel

    2. Energy infrastructuring the Baltic Sea Region: Between technification and securitization Trine Villumsen Berling, Izabela Surwillo, and Veronika Slakaityte

    Part II. Infrastructures and the (Non)Knowledges of In/Security

    3. Infrastructures of (non)knowledge: Fakes and fear at Europe’s borders Claudia Aradau

    4. Circulating Data Objects. Infrastructural coordination and technoburaucratic governance of European border control Jan Passoth and Silvan Pollozek

    5. The torqued, invaded, and speculative figure of the ‘crimmigrant other’: standardizing criminal suspicion against migrants Nina Amelung

    Part III. Infrastructural Imaginaries of In/Security

    6. Policy as Infrastructure: Enacting Artificial Intelligence and Making Europe Bao-Chau Pham and Sarah R Davies

    7. A remedy for European preparedness deficits? The EU Health Union as a deepening of securitized and pharmaceuticalized health emergency governance Christian Haddad

    Afterword Annalisa Pelizza



    Nina Klimburg-Witjes is a university assistant (post-doc) at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Vienna University, Austria.

    Paul Trauttmansdorff is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies, University of Bologna, Italy.