FOLLOW team member Bruno Magalhães convened and organised the Workshop ‘EU-Brazil Cooperation on Migration and Borders‘ at the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES, UvA).
“What makes European policies designed to manage migration and combat transnational crime travel more or less successfully around the world? This workshop uses the example of Europe-Brazil migration and border management cooperation to address this issue. Migration and borders have become key topics for the relation between the European Union, Brazil and other Latin American countries in recent years. On the follow up to the 2018 UN Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees, the EU has elected sound migration management in Latin America a strategic priority. The ‘European Union – Latin America and the Caribbean Structured Dialogue on Migration’ has also recently highlighted data sharing as a priority for cooperation between the regions.”
Tasniem Anwar, Rocco Bellanova and Pieter Lagerwaard presented the Paper ‘Recode We Must. Bringing ambiguity back in’ in the ‘Re-coding Black Mirror’ Workshop at CPDP 2019 ‘Computers and Democracy’ held at Brussels.
“Black Mirror is a British sci-fi series directed by Charlie Brooker portraying a dystopian future emanating from the wide use of digital advancements. Even though Black Mirror’s episodes do not entirely rely on the widespread availability of existing technology, some of the advancements presented are not from such a distant future.
Re-coding Black Mirror aims at creating dialogue and connections between computer, data and social scientists and also activists and privacy advocates that are interested in the societal and ethical implications of digital technologies. In order to address emerging social phenomena from different perspectives, the workshop employs a novel interactive format, where researchers are invited to create futuristic scenarios as the ones depicted in Black Mirror exploring emerging societal and ethical concerns.
It will also be a forum for raising opportunities of networking with scholars from different fields to explore novel research problems that can be relevant to both the web and social science communities.”
Marieke de Goede and all FOLLOW team members and associates presented their current research projects.
FOLLOW team member Pieter Lagerwaard and Natalie Welfens organised the AISSR event ‘What drives you? Personal Motivations in Social Science Research‘.
Panel discussants: Prof. Dr. Marieke de Goede (Political Science), Dr. Thijs Bol (Sociology), Dr. Rachel Spronk (Anthropology) and Prof. Dr. Tom van der Meer (Political Science)
“What drives us to choose certain research topics, methods, and strategies for the dissemination of research results? How does our broader societal and political engagement relate to personal research motivations?
Too often, we tend to discuss these kind of questions through the grammar of the objective/subjective, neutral/biased or along methodological lines. This panel proposes a new angle by thinking about personal motivations across the disciplinary and methodological divides. It will address fundamental questions such as the role of the researcher in data-production, the influence of personal motivations for studying a topic, and the challenges of navigating between societal outreach and impact on the one side, and academic ‘neutrality’ on the other.”
Esmé Bosma participated at the Roundtable ‘Can public/private partnership approaches to fighting financial crime scale-up in Europe?’ organised by the Future of Financial Intelligence Sharing (FFIS) international research programme/The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). “The FFIS programme delivers a range of workshops to inform the establishment of public-private financial information-sharing partnerships in key jurisdictions and major financial centres. The workshops convene key policy, law enforcement, regulator, finance and professional sector leaders and research/NGO experts at the national and international level” (website FFIS).
“This roundtable is part of a series of FFIS events convened in jurisdictions that have developed public/private partnership and intelligence-led responsive reporting as part of their AML/CFT system. These roundtables aim to explore the desirability, opportunities and barriers to increase the scale of outputs from public/private financial information-sharing”.
Prof. Marieke de Goede participated in a high level panel on “The Use of International Terrorist Watch Lists”. “This High Level Panel organised by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) brings together four experts to discuss the practical and human rights implications of the requirements contained in these resolutions, as well as known cases related to international criminal justice cooperation, watch lists, and the collection and sharing of information”.
We are delighted to announce our two-day workshop on Translating STS to Security Sites. During the workshop we will discuss how we can redefine and rethink the conceptual terminologies of STS to make them attuned to researching controversies in de-bounded, secretive, and profoundly political security sites. The first day of the workshop (25 June) is open for colleagues and others who are interested to engage in this discussion with us and other scholars who have been engaged in developing and deploying new approaches to thinking about security politics. We are happy to welcome among others, Nisha Shah (University of Ottawa), William Walters (Carleton University), Anna Leander (Copenhagen Business School), Louise Amoore (Durham University). The full program can be found here.
Translating STS to Security Sites is organized by Tasniem Anwar, Dr. Rocco Bellanova and Prof. Marieke de Goede
Prof. Marieke de Goede presented in the panel on Thursday May 31 in the panel on ‘The Ever-Changing Spectre of Sanctions Risks’ to speak about the application of terrorism-related sanctions by EU and US regulatory bodies and their role in restricting the activities of returning foreign fighters. Esmé Bosma took part in two pre-conference workshops on “Executing an Effective Internal AFC [anti-financial crime] Investigation” and on “The Basics of AML [anti-money laundering] Analytics” and attended the conference. See for a detailed programme the link ‘more info’.
FOLLOW team member attended the ‘Flying Money Conference, Investigating illicit financial flows in the city’ co-organised by the Institute of Network Cultures with the city of Amsterdam.
“This European conference had a unique nature and scope. It brought people together from a wide range of backgrounds – civil servants, scientists, engineers, journalists, artists, bankers and entrepreneurs – to discuss topics related to the future of digital money, and illicit financial flows in particular. To address these themes more than 40 speakers were invited, including Bill Browder, Eric Smit, Francesca Bria, Bastian Obermayer, Klaas Knot, Misha Glenny, Joris Luyendijk, Saskia Sassen and Galia Benartzi” (see for more information the link to the programme).
Prof. Marieke de Goede discussed ‘Configurations of Suspicion in Financial Datamining‘ at the ‘Race & Surveillance‘ Conference co-organised by the Centre For Research on Race and Law (Birkbeck, University of London) and the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology, supported by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.
“This one day conference on race and surveillance will explore the way in which race is produced and formed by contemporary surveillance practices and techniques. Racialised differences are reproduced and rearticulated in the use of new surveillance methods, most clearly in terms of pre-crime practices and mechanisms. There has been strong and public resistance to the phenomenon of normalised and blanket surveillance since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the practices of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US. However, scholarly scrutiny of the differential material and discursive effects of surveillance is urgently needed. Contemporary practices of surveillance are based on long histories of inventing ‘other races’ and the observation and control of minoritised ‘communities’ in the colonies and imperial centres. Understanding contemporary surveillance practices demands understanding their origins in and ongoing connection to colonial histories.”