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.
Jan-Hendrik Passoth is Professor of Sociology of Technology and Head of the Science & Technology Studies group at ENS. After studying Sociology, Political Science, andCcomputer Science (1998-2003) and earning a doctorate in Hamburg (2007), he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bielefeld (2007-2012) and Berlin (2012-14) and Head of the Digital/Media/Lab at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (2015-2020) as well as aVisiting Scholar at Indiana University (2005), Pennsylvania State University (2014), and Stellenbosch University (2020).
Jan’s research focuses on the role of digital infrastructures for democracy and politics, on software development as responsible social practice and on the possibilities of intervention in and critique of digitization projects through critical design. His projects with scholars in Computer Science, Mathematics and Software Engineering as well as with actors from politics, civil society and the arts have been funded amongst others by the DFG, the BMBF, Erasmus and the EU. His work has been published in journals such as International Sociology, Qualitative Sociology or the Journal of Systems and Software.
He is the author of “Technik und Gesellschaft” (Springer VS, 2008) and the editor of “Agency without Actors?” (Routledge, 2012, with Birgit Peuker and Michael Schillmeier), “Quoten, Kurven und Profile“ (Springer VS, 2013, with Josef Wehner), “Leben nach Zahlen” (transcript Verlag, 2016, with Stefanie Duttweiler, Robert Gugutzer and Jörg Strübing) and “ Bedeutende Daten” (Springer VS, 2017, with Thorben Mämecke and Josef Wehner). His new book „Soziologie der Umstände“ will be published by transcript Verlag in 2021.