Biometrics and migration management: intersectional perspectives on contemporary truth technologies


Thursday 7 March
Campus du Sart Tilman, B31 - Faculté des Sciences Sociales - Salle du Conseil
Place des Orateurs
4000 Liège
From 11 am to 1pm

Professor Anna Bredström, from Linköping University, will give a lecture as part of Elsa Mescoli's following courses: Gender, intersectionality and migration / Refugee studies / Theories of integration, diversity and multiculturalism. 

This lecture, given in English, is open to Master 1 and Master 2 students in the Faculty of Social Sciences and to interested members of the ULiège community.

Anna Bredström is a Senior associate professor at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO) and a member of the Center for Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Linköping University, Sweden. Her research explores how race, ethnicity and migration affect health, care and biomedical knowledge production and her current research projects focuses the usage and translations of ethnic and racial categories in biomedical research and health care; biopolitical implications of using biometrics in migration management across the EU; and the diagnosis of post-covid explored from an intersectional perspective. Her research is funded by the Swedish research council (2019-02143; 2019-03310; 2021-01245). She is involved in teaching at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels.


This lecture will be in two parts. In the first part, she will describe the current use of biometrics in migration management, focusing on the EU's IT databases EURODAC, VIS and SIS-II and the drive towards interoperability and the development of new biometric technologies. In the second part, she will problematise this development from an intersectional perspective, drawing on research in science and technology studies and empirical cases from her own ongoing fieldwork.

Another lecture (open to all) by Anna Bredström (March 6) 

The standardization of race in clinical trials in Sweden: a post-racial paradox 


Elsa Mescoli

+ information about the Master in Sociology in Migration and Ethnic Studies


This event is part of the (Restricted access link) , taking place in Liège from March 4 to 6.

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