Policy Press

The Digital Transformation of the European Border Regime

The Powers and Perils of Imagining Future Borders

By Paul Trauttmansdorff

Published

May 30, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1529235203

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 30, 2024

Page count

192 pages

ISBN

978-1529235210

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
The Digital Transformation of the European Border Regime

This book offers an in-depth investigation into the digitisation processes of Europe’s border regime. It shows how sociotechnical imaginations of future borders drive forward the expansion of databases in the European governance of mobility.

With a focus on the European Union Agency eu-LISA, one of the most significant and rapidly advancing actors in the digital border regime, the book serves as a gateway to understanding the key agents, visions, technologies and practices at work.

Asking broader questions about exclusion, discrimination, violence and mobility rights, this is an original contribution to our understanding of future borders in Europe.

“Trauttmansdoff provides an outstanding analysis of imaginaries for Europe’s future and how they intersect with the erection of digital databases at the external borders. A must-read!” Matthias Leese, ETH Zurich

Paul Trauttmansdorff is postdoctoral researcher in the social studies of science and technology.

1. Introduction

First Interlude: Doing Research From Within The Border Regime

2. The Imaginary of Digital Transformation

Second Interlude: Three Empirical Vignettes

3. Assembling a Fractional Europe

Third Interlude: Another Vignette – The Golden Age?

4. Crafting the Epistemology of Smart Borders

5. Interoperability

6. Justification, Techno-Determinism, and Sanitized Realities: The Perils of Imagining Future Borders

7. Coda

Appendices

References