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Chair for Sociology of Technology

Dr. Silvan Pollozek

Postdoctoral Researcher

Contact details

+49 335 5534 16 6876
+48 61 829 6876

Office: CP 118a
Office hours: By appointment (send me an Email)

Research Areas

  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • (Post-) Actor-Network Theory
  • Digital Infrastructures of Europe
  • Technologies of Migration and Border Control
  • Qualitative & Ethnographic Methods

Curriculum Vitae

Silvan Pollozek is scientific employee at the chair of Sociology of Technology and member of the Science & Technology Studies group at ENS. After studying cultural studies at the University of Leipzig (2008-2011) and sociology and gender studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (2011-2014), he was a PhD candidate at the Digital/Media/Lab at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (2015-2020).

Silvan's research focuses on technologies of migration and border control, on the techno-politics of bureaucratic reordering, on the co-production of information infrastructures and European polities, as well as on flat methodologies and methods of vast socio-technical networks. In his PhD project, Silvan conducted a multi-sited ethnography of the information infrastructure of Frontex operations and worked out the architectures and practices that (re)order the exchange of data across state and EU-agencies, the production of knowledge on migratory phenomena and populations, and the network of security actors.

His recent publications are "Mapping European Border Control: On Small Maps, Reflexive Inversion and Interference" (Social Inclusion, 2020, open access), “Templates, Lists, Switching Points. Frontex Joint Operations and the Coproduction of Data Infrastructures and Governance beyond the Nation State” (Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, 2020, with Jan-Hendrik Passoth, open access), "Turbulences of speeding up data circulation. Frontex and its crooked temporalities of ‘real-time’ border control" (Mobilities, 2020, open access), and "Data Collection and the Logistics of Migration" (Environment and Planning D, 2019, with Jan-Hendrik Passoth, open access).

Silvan is also the co-founder of the independent and international network STS-MIGTEC that brings together scholars at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS) and critical migration, security and border studies by organising lecture series, conferences, publications and research projects.