Conferences and Talks


“From reporting to investigation to full-scale surveillance? Schengen and the socio-technical imaginary of information sharing in Europe” Swiss Political Science Association (SPSA) Annual Conference (virtual), 4-5 February 2021.

“Schengen as database: The Schengen Information System and the sociotechnical imaginary of political space” STS-MIGTEC Workshop (virtual), 25-26 January 2021.


“KI in der Polizeiarbeit – macht Künstliche Intelligenz unser Leben sicherer?” UZH Digital Society Initiative (virtual), 25 November 2020 (public keynote, invited)

“Schengen as database: The sociotechnical imaginary of border control and law enforcement cooperation in the EU” Workshop Making Europe through Infrastructures of (In)Security (virtual), 12-13 November 2020

“Schengen as database: The sociotechnical imaginary of border control and law enforcement cooperation in the EU” DVPW IB Sektion Conference (fully virtual), 7-9 October 2020

“Science, Technology, Security: Towards Critical Collaboration” EASST/4S Conference (fully virtual), 18-21 August 2020 (w/ Sam Weiss Evans and Dagmar Rychnovská)

“Is Cybersecurity Finally Sexy? Design, Desire and Digital In-Security Production” SPSA Annual Conference @ Lucerne, 3-4 February 2020 (w/ Myriam Dunn Cavelty)

“From identity production to identity management: Interoperability in the EU” SPSA Annual Conference @ Lucerne, 3-4 February 2020

“Seeing like a border: From identity production to identity management” Workshop The Mobility-Security Nexus and the Reconstruction/Emergence of (Trans)National Order: A Historical Perspective @ Marburg, 30-31 January 2020 (invited keynote)


“Automatische Sicherheit? Predictive Policing als sozio-technisches System” Workshop Sicherheitspraktiken-Sicherheitstechnologien, DVPW-Themengruppe Kritische Sicherheitsstudien @ Marburg, 5-6 December 2019

“Predictive Policing: Designing Security” EISA Exploratory Symposia @ Rapallo, 23-26 October 2019 (invited)

“Verbrechensbekämpfung mit Algorithmen: Predictive Policing in der Schweiz” Podium Interface lecture series @ FHNW Windisch-Brugg, 22 October 2019 (invited)

“Predictive Policing” Seminar ‘Law and Tech’ @ ETH Zurich, 9 October 2019 (invited)

“Smarte Polizeiarbeit? Eine Studie zur Implementierung von Predictive Policing” Swiss Smart Government Day @ St. Gallen, 24 September 2019 (invited)

“Fixing state vision: Biometrics and identity management in the EU” EISA Pan-European Conference @ Sofia, 11-14 September 2019

“Security markets, innovation, and the political economy of threat” EISA Pan-European Conference @ Sofia, 11-14 September 2019

“Politics and policy beyond technology” (Roundtable) EISA Pan-European Conference @ Sofia, 11-14 September 2019

“Science, technology, security: towards critical engagement” European Workshops in International Studies @ Krakow, 26-28 June 2019 (w/ Sam Weiss Evans and Dagmar Rychnovská)

“The politics and practices of digital borders” Privatisation and Migration Workshop @ Nottingham, 17-18 June 2019 (invited)

“The proof is in the pudding: Predictive policing and the ‘success’ of crime prevention” Expert meeting on Predictive Policing @ Amsterdam, 20–21 May 2019 (invited)

“Becoming part of law enforcement? Social science research and emerging technologies” Politics Beyond Technology Workshop @ Geneva, 6-7 May 2019 (invited)

“Interoperability and the politics of identity management” ISA Annual Convention @ Toronto, 27-30 March 2019

“Visualizing Crime” ISA Annual Convention @ Toronto, 27-30 March 2019

“Confronting the machine: automation and control in predictive policing” SPSA Annual Conference & Dreiländertagung @ Zurich, 14-16 February 2019


“Visualizing Crime” EISA Pan-European Conference @ Prague, 12-15 September 2018

“Putting critique to work: Ethics in EU security research” EISA Pan-European Conference @ Prague, 12-15 September 2018 (w/ Kristoffer Lidén)

“An image says more than a thousand words: Reflections on research ethics, anonymization, and security” EISA Pan-European Conference @ Prague, 12-15 September 2018

“Confronting the machine: Protocol and power in predictive policing” EASST Conference @ Lancaster, 25-28 July 2018

“Security and the market place” Seminar ‘Security in Times of Modern Information Technologies’ @ University of Tuebingen, 17 July 2018 (invited)

“It’s a match! Biometrics and identity management at the digital border” Workshop ‘Surveillance, Terrorism, Normality?’ @ Tuebingen, 16-17 July 2018 (invited)

“Interoperability and identity management at the digital border” ABS World Conference @ Vienna, 10-11 July 2018

“Confronting the machine: Protocol and power in predictive policing” BISA Annual Conference @ Bath, 13-15 June 2018

“Socio-technical warfare: Levels of automation and distributed agency in Autonomous Weapons Systems” EWIS Workshop ‘New Technologies of Warfare: Implications of autonomous weapons systems for IR’ @ Groningen, 6-8 June 2018

“Predictive policing and the politics of patterns” Workshop ‘Automated Justice: Algorithms, Big Data and Criminal Justice Systems’ @ Zurich, 20 April 2018 (/w Mareile Kaufmann)

“Policing by pattern: Deviance and criminal futures” Seminar ‘Big Data, Law & Policy’ @ ETH Zurich, 11 April 2018 (invited)

“Standardizing security: the business case politics of borders” SPSA Annual Conference @ Geneva, 5-6 February 2018


“’It’s automation, not autonomy!’ Predictive policing and the human in the loop” INTERSECT Workshop ‘Rethinking the technology-security nexus in Europe’ @ Malmö, 26-27 October 2017

“Die Konzeption und Praxis ‘intelligenter’ Grenzen” Tagung ‘Alte/Neue Grenzen’ @ SWP Berlin, 19-20 October 2017 (invited)

“How (not) to talk about technology: IR theory and the search for agency” EISA Pan-European Conference @ Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017

Participation as external expert, XP-DITE Project Workshop @ Freiburg, 17 March 2017 (invited)

“Computer says ‘there’: Predictive Policing als Wissensproduktion zwischen Mensch und Maschine” PredPol Workshop @ Freiburg, 16-17 March 2017 (invited)

“Ethics in societal security research?” NordForsk Workshop @ Copenhagen, 9-10 March 2017 (invited)

“The morality of risk: exploring utilitarianism and counterterrorism” ISA Annual Convention @ Baltimore, 22-25 February 2017

“Standardizing security, shaping infrastructures: automated border control and biometrics” ISA Annual Convention @ Baltimore, 22-25 February 2017

“Between a carrot and a stick: science diplomacy and access to EU research funding” Workshop ‘Science Diplomacy & Global Change’ @ Baltimore, 21 February 2017 (invited)


“’Do you need surveillance footage without legal grey areas?’ Data protection as sales pitch” WorkshopThe digital is political, isn’t it?’ @ Oslo, 22-23 November 2016 (invited)

“The utilitarian sort: from racism to credit cards?” Millennium Conference @ London, 22-23 October 2016

“The utilitarian sort” Workshop ‘Treating People as Objects: Ethics, Security, and the Governance of Mobility’ @ Belfast, 16 September 2016 (invited)

“’How to catch a terrorist?’ Political rationalities of the future” Workshop’The Potentials and Pitfalls of Predicting Politics’ @ Zurich, 26-27 August 2016 (invited)

“New Knowledges, New Problems: Algorithmacy as Threat Reasoning” Surveillance and Security in the Age of Algorithmic Communication @ Leicester, 26 July 2016 (w/ Tobias Matzner)

“Reducing Ambiguity: The Politics of Interoperability” ISA Annual Convention @Atlanta, 16-19 March 2016 (w/ Marijn Hoijtink)

“’Ein ganz anderes Herangehen an diese Zielgruppe.’ Der Wandel von Polizeiarbeit am Beispiel von freiwilligen Multiplikatoren” AKIS Workshop @ Münster, 15-17 February 2016 (w/ Peter Bescherer)


“Algorithmic security: data surveillance in the EU” @ University of Warwick, 25 November 2015 (invited)

“Responsibility in/for security assemblages” NordSTEVA conference @ Stockholm, 28-29 September 2015 (invited)

“Research and Innovation revisited: re-politicizing security through technology?” EISA Pan-European Conference @ Giardini Naxos, 23-26 September 2015

“Private actors in the frontline of the war on terror” European Security Practices workshop @ Amsterdam, 10 September 2015 (invited)

“Bypassing the disciplinary power of data protection” UACES Annual Conference @ Bilbao, 7-9 September 2015

“Entangled agency and new materialisms – or why it has become so hard to find accountability for security” The Value of [In]Security @ Tuebingen, 28-30 July 2015 (invited)

“Discrimination issues in alert and communication design” ISCRAM Conference @ Kristiansand, 24-27 May 2015

“Interdisziplinarität” Konferenz Grenzenlose Sicherheit? – Gesellschaftliche Dimensionen der Sicherheitsforschung @ Berlin, 6-8 May 2015 (invited, w/ Dietmar Wetzel)

“In search of the decision: cognition, autonomy, algorithms” SoRU Mid-term Conference @ Stuttgart, 8-10 April 2015

“Economic sorting in the name of security: Questioning the EU’s proposed ‘Registered Traveler Programme’” ISA Annual Convention @ New Orleans, 18-21 February 2015

“The ‘silver bullet’ of interoperability” Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference @ Brussels, 21-23 January 2015 (w/ Marijn Hoijtink)


“Between participation and securitization? A bottom-up perspective on urban security” Citizens’ Perspectives on Surveillance, Security and Privacy Conference @ Vienna, 13-14 November 2014 (w/ Peter Bescherer)

“The ‘silver bullet’ of interoperability in EU security” Security/Mobility Workshop @ Amsterdam, 25-26 September 2014 (w/ Marijn Hoijtink)

“Data-based security, visual transformations, and the question of agency” RGS Annual Conference @ London, 26-29 August 2014

“’Abstract security’: imagining visuality, visualizing imagination” BISA Annual Conference @ Dublin, 18-20 June 2014

“Privacy in security research? On the framing of a European conflict” Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference @ Brussels, 22-24 January 2014


“Governing the Zombie Apocalypse: Towards of Politics of Undeath” POLIS lecture series Politik ist überall @ Tübingen, 5 December 2013

“’Big Security Data’? Empirische Bestandsaufnahme einer digitalen Vision” Symposium Neue Technologien @ Berne, 27-28 November 2013

“’Flagging out the future’: visualization, anticipation, and affect” Calculative Devices in a Digital World @ Durham, 21-22 November 2013

“Ethik in der Sicherheitsforschung: ein deutscher und europäischer Erfahrungsbericht” Workshop Sichere Gesellschaften – Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der europäischen Sicherheitsforschung @ Brussels, 17-18 October 2013 (invited)

“The new profiling – algorithms, black boxes and the failure of ethical safeguards” 4S Annual Meeting @ San Diego, 9-12 October 2013

“Security research between ethical responsibility and industrial policy: a sketch of conflicting European rationalities” EIRSS Summer School @ Brussels, 2-13 September 2013

“Abandoning equality (and accountability)? ‘Risky’ practices in aviation security” National Security, Risk Management, and the Transformation of Bureaucratic Ethics Conference @ Copenhagen, 23-24 May 2013

“Algorithmic risk profiling: on the increasing invisibility of security” Challenges and Critiques of the European Internal Security Strategy Workshop @ Dundee, 17 May 2013

“What if risk goes wrong? Algorithms, black boxes, and the failure of safeguards” Anticipate and Preempt Workshop @ Amsterdam, 4-5 March 2013


“Blurring the dimensions of privacy? Law enforcement and trusted traveler programs” PRESCIENT Conference @ Berlin, 27-28 November 2012

“A severe cutback? The effect of risk-based airport security frameworks on privacy” Amsterdam Privacy Conference @ Amsterdam, 7-10 October 2012

“Risiko am Flughafen: einige soziologische und ethische Überlegungen” @ DLR Braunschweig, 12 September 2012 (invited)

“Risk vs ethics? Ethical perspectives on risk-based passenger screening” NCAS Workshop New Passenger Security Concepts @ Frankfurt, 25 July 2012 (invited)

“Re-setting the valve? How body scanners (don’t) transform the airport security checkpoint” Security, Ethics, and Justice Conference @ Tuebingen, 21-23 June 2012

“Ethische Aspekte einer risikobasierten Passagierkontrolle: Differenzierung vs Diskriminierung” SIRA Conference Series 3 @ Oestrich-Winkel, 15-16 May 2012 (invited)

“A ‘behind-the-scenes perspective’ on the implementation of body scanners at German airports.” European Internal Security Conference @ Florence, 23-25 April 2012

“Eine „kritische“ Perspektive auf Sicherheitstechnologie am Beispiel Körperscanner” Conference (In-)Security, (Bio-)Power and (Cyber-)Struggles @ Hamburg, 23-24 March 2012


“Ethische Aspekte beim Einsatz von Körperscannern” DLR Focus Seminar Bodyscanner @ Berlin, 19 May 2011 (invited)

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