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Decoding borders

Décoder la frontière

Biometry, drones and data flows

Biométrie, drones, flux de données

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Published on Friday, January 25, 2013


This workshop will discuss the way securityand technological escalation have impacted State borders over the last twenty years. It will implement a trans-disciplinary perspective by bringing together human scientists (historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, philosophers, political scientists), hard scientists (artificial intelligence ,computer sciences) and artists (webart, hypermedia).



  • Cédric Parizot (IMéRA, IREMAM, CNRS-AMU)
  • Jean Cristofol (Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence)
  • Coordination, contact and registration: Virginie Boulnois, boulnois.imera@gmail.com, tel: 04 42 91 88 70


  • IMéRA (Aix-Marseille Université), Ecole supérieure d’Art,
  • Laboratoire PACTE (Université de Grenoble), Institut de Recherche et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman, Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Sociologie, Réseau Français des Instituts d’Etudes Avancées, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, CNRS

Talks in French and English with simultaneous translation


Wednesday February 13

14h00-16h00  Session1 : Drones, robots et technoscience

Chair: Samuel Bordreuil (sociology, IMéRA, LAMES, CNRS-AMU)

  • Noël Sharkey (artificial intelligence, University of Sheffield): « Robots at the border: new weapons, new problems»
  • RYBN.ORG (artists, Paris): « Antidatamining: Borders to the test of financialized economy»
  • Charles Heller (filmmaker and writer, Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London): “Forensic Oceanography: subverting surveillance, demanding accountability”
  • Klaus-Gerd Giesen (political science, Université d’Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand): “The biopolitical normalization of the human: a fractal regulation beyond and below borders”

16h30-18h00 – Discussion

Tuesday, February 14

9h30-11h30 Session 2:  From Identification to Biometry

Chair: Cédric Parizot (anthropology of politics, IMéRA, IREMAM, CNRS-AMU)

  • Martine Kaluszynski, (socio-history, PACTE, CNRS, Grenoble): « From anthropometric notebook to biometric passeport: Identification, a State building practice»
  • Hidefumi Nishiyama (politics and International Studies, University of Warwick): « Bordering bodies in Imperial Japan and beyond»
  • Gabriel Popescu (geographer, Indiana University, South Bend): « Border Bodyscapes and Precarious Life: Techno-embedding borders into mobile bodies»
  • Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (political science, University of Victoria, Bristish Columbia): "Borders, Theory and Security: the border, here, there, and everywhere"

12h00-13h30 Discussion

13h30-14h30 Lunch breack

14h30-16h00 Session 3 : Pervasive borders

Chair: Anne Laure Amilhat Szary (geography, PACTE, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble)

  • Joana Moll (new media artist, Barcelone): « Move and get shot: Surveillance through social networks along the US-Mexico Border»
  • Nick Mai (anthropologist, London Metropolitan University): «Emborder : the biographisation of borders»
  • Jean Cristofol (philosophy, Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix en Provence): « Flows, Images and borders»

16h30-18h00 Discussion


  • Amphithéatre de l'École supérieure d'art d'Aix en Provence - Rue Emile Tavan
    Aix-en-Provence, France (13100)


  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013
  • Thursday, February 14, 2013


  • frontières, technologie, art-science, surveillance, identification, biométrie, drones, robots, flux, réseaux


  • Cedric Parizot
    courriel : cedric [dot] parizot [at] univ-amu [dot] fr

Information source

  • Cedric Parizot
    courriel : cedric [dot] parizot [at] univ-amu [dot] fr


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