Ravelijn room RA 4408
PO Box 217
NL - 7500 AE Enschede
E-mail: a.pelizza (at) utwente.nl
Telephone: (053) 489 2709
Annalisa Pelizza is Associate professor at Science, Technology and Policy Studies. She studied Media and Communication Sciences at the University of Bologna (2003, cum laude), and holds a Ph.D. in Information Society from the University of Milan-Bicocca (2009, outstanding). From 2006 to 2013 she worked as project manager and ethnographer at governmental organizations and engineering companies, developing large-scale IT infrastructures. She joined UT in 2013 as Marie Curie Fellow. She has also been active in community and artistic techno-social experimentation. Between 2017 and 2022 she will be the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project “Processing Citizenship: Digital registration of migrants as co-production of citizens, territory and Europe”, which will extend her “Vectorial Glance” framework to the analysis of the trans-governmental European information infrastructure for migrant registration.
Being originally trained in media studies, semiotics and computer science, Annalisa moved to the field of digital media and information infrastructures, analyzing them from the perspective of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.
Her research activities focus on:
- Governance of and by Technologies
- Politics of Information Infrastructures and online communities
- Quali-Quantitative Methods
- Media Art, Users and Urban Spaces
More recently, her research has concentrated on governmental information infrastructures as ideal sites to uncover micro-processes of denationalization. In her current work she elaborates the “Vectorial Glance”, a performative materialist framework that conceives of government digitization programs as processes that can make visible longer-term phenomena of state transformation.
In this context she has written on citizenship (i.e., analysis of civil registers, Pelizza 2016a) and territory (i.e., analysis of land registers, Pelizza 2016b; forthcoming). Her new ERC Starting Grant (“Processing Citizenship”, 2017-2022) project focuses on these foundational institutions in the moment in which they are negated. Processing Citizenship indeed aims to develop a history of the present that accounts for contemporary materially-embedded practices of registration of migrants at Hotspots in Greece and Italy as activities of governance (trans)formation.
Articles on peer-reviewed international journals
- Pelizza, A. (under review), ‘Processing Alterity, Enacting Europe. Migrant registration as co-production of individuals and polities’, Science, Technology and Human Values.
- Pelizza, A. and Hoppe, R. (2018), ‘Birth of a Failure: Consequences of framing ICT projects for the centralization of inter-departmental relations’, Administration and Society, 50 (1): 101 – 130. DOI: 10.1177/0095399715598343
- Pelizza, A. (2016), ‘Disciplining Change, Displacing Frictions. Two structural dimensions of digital circulation across land registry database integration’, Tecnoscienza. Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, 7(2): 35-60. Available at http://www.tecnoscienza.net/index.php/tsj/issue/view/36/showToc
- Pelizza, A. (2016), ‘Developing the Vectorial Glance: Infrastructural inversion for the new agenda on governmental information systems’, Science, Technology and Human Values, 41(2): 298-321. DOI: 10.1177/0162243915597478
- Pelizza, A. (2016), ‘Scaling Up Boundary Objects. Review of Mongili, A. and Pellegrino, G. (Eds.). 2014. Information Infrastructure(s): Boundaries, Ecologies, Multiplicity. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.’, Science Technology & Society, 21(2): 315-318. DOI: 10.1177/0971721816640638
- Pelizza, A. (2010), ‘From Community to Text and Back. On semiotics and ANT as text-based methods for fleeting objects of study', Tecnoscienza. Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, 1 (2), 57-89.
Book and book chapters
- Dijstelbloem, H. and Pelizza, A. (forthcoming), ‘The State is the Secret. For a Relational Approach to Secrecy’, in Bosma, E., De Goede, M., Pallister-Wilkins, P. (Eds.), Secrecy and Methodology in Critical Security Research. London: Routledge.
- Pelizza, A. (2018, forthcoming), Cybercultures at a Crossroads. Digital Communites Between Utopia and Ideology. Amsterdam: Institute of Networked Cultures.
- Pelizza, A. and Kuhlmann, S. (2017), ‘Mining Governance Mechanisms. Innovation policy, practice and theory facing algorithmic decision-making’, in Carayannis, E. G., Campbell, D. F., Efthymiopoulos, M. P. (Eds.), Handbook of Cyber-Development, Cyber-Democracy, and Cyber-Defense. Berlin: Springer. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-06091-0_29-1
- Pelizza, A. (2009), Tracing back Communities: An Analysis of Ars Electronica's Digital Communities archive from an ANT perspective. Ph.D. thesis, University of Milan-Bicocca.
• Evaluated “outstanding” by PhD committee
• Reviewed internationally (e.g. by the Masters of Media group, University of Amsterdam: http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/2009/09/15/book-review-tracking-back-communities/)
- Pelizza, A. (2008), ‘Stretching the Line into a Borderland of Potentiality. Communication technologies between security tactics and cultural practices’, in Aurigi A., De Cindio, F. (Eds.), Augmented Urban Spaces. Articulating the Physical and Electronic City, 235-254. (Aldershot: Ashgate). Peer-reviewed
- Pelizza, A. (2005), ‘Dall'Auditel al General Intellect. Un modello evolutivo del pubblico televisivo' [From Auditel to General Intellect. An evolutionary model of TV audience], in Adamoli, P. and Marinelli, M. (Eds.), Comunicazione, media e società. Premio Baskerville ‘Mauro Wolf' 2004, 45-78. (Bologna: Baskerville).
• Award winning paper (close second) at the 1st edition of the Mauro Wolf Prize on Media and Society, prize organizers: Publisher, in collaboration with University of Bologna, University of Rome La Sapienza. Peer-reviewed
- Pelizza. A (2017), ‘Processing Citizenship. Peopling aliens for peopling Europe’, proceeding of the Peopling Europe through Data Practices conference, London 16-17 March. (Peer-reviewed, selected).
- Pelizza, A. (2016), ‘Translating Failures. The journey of framing government digitization as failing project’, Proceeding of the Proving Futures and Governing Uncertainties in Technosciences and Megaprojects, Paris 12-14 December. (Peer-reviewed, selected)
- Pelizza, A. (2016), ‘Materializing Autarchy. Counter-evidence of vendor lock-in in the Dutch cadastral information systems’, Proceeding of the 2016 World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), RC32, Panel “Reshuffling Government”. Poznan (PL), 23-28 July.
- Pelizza, A. and Mattozzi, A. (2015), ‘Beyond the materiality vs. discourse dichotomy. Recovering “enunciation” and “delegation” to account for governance of and through information infrastructures’, Working paper for the Roads less travelled. Exploring new connections between Media Research and STS International workshop. University of Siegen (DE), 5-6 February. (Peer-reviewed, selected)
- Pelizza, A. (2010), ‘Openness as an Asset. A classification system for online communities based on Actor-Network Theory', Proceedings of WikiSym 2010, 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. (New York: ACM Press). DOI: 10.1145/1832772.1832784 (Peer-reviewed, Awarded Best Paper at Wikisym 2010)
Non peer-reviewed scientific articles
- Pelizza, A. (2017), ‘Processing Citizenship. Digital registration of migrants as co-production of individuals and Europe’, EASST Review, October.
- Pelizza, A. and Hoppe, R. (2014), ‘Wil je ICT-problemen oplossen? Maak dan controversen zichtbaar!’, Binnenlands Bestuur.
- Pelizza, A. (2009), ‘Sei su Facebook? Anche no’ [Do you have a Facebook account? I’d prefer not], Inchiesta. Rivista di Studi Politici, 166 (October/December).
- Pelizza, A. (2006), ‘Comunicare l'immediatezza. Una televisione dal basso a Rotterdam' [Communicating Immediacy. The case of the grassroots TV broadcaster in Rotterdam], Inchiesta. Rivista di Studi Politici, 152 (April/June): 12-18.
- Pelizza, A. (2006), ‘‘Fare televisione’ come tecnologia del sé: Per una ricombinazione di produttore e fruitore’ [Doing Television as Technology of the Self. Towards a recombination of producer and user], Scuola e Città, special issue on media literacy.
- Pelizza, A. (2005), ‘Spazi pubblici a un bivio: Per un’interpretazione del tema del degrado. Il caso del PSC del Comune di Bologna’ [Public Spaces at a Crossroads. Interpreting Discourses on Urban Disorder: the case of the Municipality of Bologna], E/C Journal of the Italian Association of Semiotic Studies, 4.
2017/2022 Co-promotor, three PhD students in the context of the ERC project “Processing Citizenship”.
2014/2016 Daily supervisor of Carla Alvial Palavicino, Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente (NL). Promotor: prof. Stefan Kuhlmann.
2015/2017 Daily supervisor of Jesper Katomero, Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente (NL). Promotor: prof. Robert Hoppe.
Master and bachelor teaching
Lecturer, “Theory and Practice of Interaction in Digital Art” course, bachelor program “Creative Technologies”, University of Twente.
Lecturer, “Reflection on data management” and “Politics by algorithms” courses, bachelor programs “Computer Science”, “Business Informatics”, “Creative Technologies”, University of Twente.
Lecturer, “Science and Technology Studies” course, master programs “Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society” and “Industrial Design”, University of Twente.
2017/2018, 2016/2017, 2015/2016
Lecturer, “Analysing Technology in Society” course, bachelor program “Advanced Technology”, University of Twente.
Lecturer, “Technology and Migration” course, bachelor program “European Public Administration”, University of Twente.
2002 / 2006
Guest lecturer (BA and MSc) on television and digitization of production (course in Theory, Technologies and Practices of Radio and Television, prof. E. Rizza), news television language (course in Textual Analysis, prof. M. P. Pozzato and course in Semiotics of Culture, dr. A.M. Lorusso), Internet Cultures (course in Analysis of Political Language, dr. F. Montanari and course in Sociosemiotics, prof. M. P. Pozzato), Department of Media and Communication Sciences, University of Bologna.
Master student supervision in Science and Technology Studies, IT Policy and Philosophy of Technology at the University of Twente and at the University of Bologna (1). Given the so called “Twente Model” bachelor students do not write their thesis with a specific teacher, but with a team of teachers, of which I myself have been part.
Professional and other teaching
September / November 2007 and March / April 2009
Teacher and designer of the “ICT towards the decentralization of the PA. Enti locali in Rete: the regional database of local administrators” training course, Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna, Forlì, Rimini, Piacenza, Parma, Reggio-Emilia, Modena (IT). Course funded by Emilia-Romagna Regional Government, in collaboration with Italian Union of Provinces and National Association of Italian Municipalities. Intended audience: local institutions' employees and executives; Regional Government's employees and executives.
Teaching-related administrative experience: inter-departmental and inter-institutional negotiation to resolve issues concerning course development; promotion.
Invited lectures (selection)
15-17 November 2018
Panel “State Borders and Technology in Europe: Between Openness and fortification”, participation based on invitation
“B/ORDERS IN MOTION – Current challenges and future perspectives” conference, organized by Collegium Polonicum (Słubice) and European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder), Frankfurt/Oder (DE)
29 August-1 September 2018
Lecture at “Us and Them: Sociotechnologies of Alterity/Otherness” closed panel, with Karen Barad, Michael Christie and Helen Verran, Anita Say Chan, Lucy Suchman, participation based on invitation Annual Conference of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, Sydney (AU)
7 June 2018
Lecture at “ICT and the management of refugee flows and services” workshop, participation based on invitation Information Systems Department, London School of Economics, London (UK
10 May 2018
Conference “La Ricerca Scientifica: un valore per il Paese”, speaker to final roundtable, participation based on invitation Italian National Research Council, Gruppo 2003 of the most cited Italian scientists, Scienza in Rete, Rome (IT)
27-28 November 2017
Lecture at “Varieties of Citizenship in a Globalised World” conference, participation based on invitation Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute and, Fiesole (IT)
15-16 November 2017
Participant to “Blockchain4Europe” workshop, European Joint Research Centre and European DG Grow, participation based on invitation Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Brussels (BE)
19-20 October 2017
ERC Project Follow conference “Secrecy and Methods in Security Research”, speaker to final roundtable, participation based on invitation University of Amsterdam, Haarlem (NL)
7 September 2017
Tensions of Europe conference, panel chair and invited speaker, participation based on invitation National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens (GR)
26 June 2017
Lecture, participation based on invitation Télécom ParisTech, Paris (FR)
8 June 2017
Lecture, participation based on invitation Institute of Communications Sciences (ISCC)/CNRS/Sorbonne/UPMC, Paris (FR)
11 April 2017
Lecture, participation based on selection and invitation Paris Institute of Advanced Studies, Paris (FR)
16 March 2017
‘Peopling Europe through Data Practices’ closed conference, participation based on selection and invitation Tate Modern-Goldsmiths, London (UK)
16 December 2016
Colloquium ‘Connected Migrants: encapsulation or cosmopolitanism?’, participation based on invitation Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, Amsterdam (NL)
08 December 2016
Vorhölzer Forum lecture, participation based on invitation Munich Center for Technology in Society, Munich Technical University (DE)
27-28 October 2016
Opening address, participation based on invitation European Commission and Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum, in collaboration with International Organization for Migration, Latvian and Ukrainian governments, Riga (LT).
29 January 2016
Key-note discussion, participation based on invitation letter STS Italia Decennial celebration, University of Rome Sapienza, (IT). Discussion with Karin Knorr-Cetina about ‘The Society of Algorithms’ and her research on financial algorithms.
25 November 2015
Colloquium, participation based on invitation letter Maastricht Department of Technology & Society Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University (NL). Lecture title: ‘Circulating Authority. Integrating government information systems as governance reshuffling’.
05/06 February 2015
Plenary lecture, participation based on selected abstract ‘Roads less travelled. Exploring new connections between Media Research and STS’ International conference, University of Siegen (DE). Lecture title (with Alvise Mattozzi): ‘Recovering “delegation” and “enunciation” to account for governance of and through information infrastructures’. Conference organized by Mercator Research Group Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge with the DFG Research Training Group Locating Media.
1 July 2012
Closing panel, participation based on invitation letter Wikipedia Academy. Research and Free Knowledge conference, Berlin (DE). Conference organized by Wikimedia Germany, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society Berlin.
05 September 2008
Parallel session, participation based on invitation letter Ars Colloquy- Prix Ars Electronica, Linz (AT). Lecture title: ‘Tracing back Communities. A bottom-up approach in analyzing digital communities archives’. Conference organized by Prix Ars Electronica – International Competition for Art, Technology, Society, Linz (AT).
06/07 March 2008
Plenary lecture, participation based on invitation letter The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized conference, Newcastle-Sunderland (UK). Lecture title: ‘The social challenges of the DTT switch-over for Italian under-regulated broadcasting landscape’. Conference organized by A/V – International Festival of Electronic Arts, Music and Moving Image, Newcastle (UK).
15/18 November 2007
Plenary lecture, participation based on invitation letter ‘Online Archives of Media Art - Contextualization, Metadata, Translation’, re:place 2007: the Second International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology, Berlin (DE). Lecture title: ‘The community VS institution tension in online archives of media art’. Conference organized by Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research, Linz (AT), in cooperation with Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH, Berlin (DE).
25 /28 July 2018
International conference, n. of participants: around 800. EASST 2018 International Conference, Lancaster (UK).
Panel convener and chair, ‘The European Other as site of institutional experiment. Articulating friction in infrastructures for processing alterity’ panel (with M. Antonakaki, MCTS Technical University Munich). In addition, presenter of the lecture titled: ‘Processing Alterity, Shaping the Europe Order’. Discussants: Anne-Marie Fortier and Lucy Suchman.
14 /16 June 2018
International conference, n. of participants: around 300, bi-annual 7th STS Italia International Conference, Padova (IT).
Convener, ‘Digital migrants and moving infrastructures’ panel (with G. Nicolosi, University of Catania).
24 /26 November 2016
International conference, n. of participants: around 300, bi-annual 6th STS Italia International Conference, Trento (IT).
Convener, ‘Let’s Do Retro-ANT’ panel (with A. Mattozzi, Free University of Bozen). In addition, presenter of the lecture titled: ‘Paradigmatic and Syntagmatic Dimensions of Digital Circulation’.
31 August/03 September 2016
International conference, n. of participants: around 1.500, Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), Barcelona (SP).
Convener the ‘Materializing governance by information infrastructure’ panel (with S. Milan, Uiversity of Amsterdam and F. Musiani, Institut de Sciences de la Communication/CNRS/Sorbonne). In addition, presenter of the lecture titled: ‘Reshuffling the Government Machine. Digital Infrastructures of Bureaucratic Exclusion’.
24/28 July 2016
International congress, n. of participants: around 2.000, annual World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Poznan (PL).
Chair of the ‘Reshuffling Administration. Digitization of Governmental Information Systems as State Redesign’ parallel session. In addition, presenter of the lecture titled: ‘Materializing Autarchy. Counter-evidence of vendor lock-in in cadastral information systems’.
11/14 November 2015
International conference, n. of participants: around 1.800, Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Denver (US).
‘Social Studies of Politics: Assembling Governance’ parallel session. Lecture title: ‘Reshuffling the State. Government information systems building capabilities for denationalization’.
20/23 August 2014
International conference, n. of participants: around 1.500, Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Buenos Aires (AR).
‘STS and “the state”’ parallel session. Lecture title: ‘Translating the State. Digitization of Governmental Information Flows from an ANT perspective’.
07 / 09 July 2010
International conference, n. of participants: around 500, annual, participation based on selected paper WikiSym 2010, 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, Gdansk (PL).
Lecture title: ‘Openness as an Asset. A Classification System for Online Communities Based on Actor-Network Theory’. Conference organized by Wikipedia, TJEF – The John Ernest Foundation, CM Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia, and Web (SIGWEB) (US).
Grants, fellowships and prizes
Grant, Principal Investigator
European Research Council (ERC), Starting Grant.
Highly competitive (10% success rate) fellowship for excellent researchers
European Commission, Horizon 2020 program, European Research Council
Long-term Fellowship, Individual
Chancellor’s Fellowship in Data Science (leading to tenured position)
Declined for Brexit and concomitant ERC grant
University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science, Science, Technology and Innovation unit
From 2016 onwards
Visiting Fellowship, Individual
Paris IAS 2017-2018 Fellowship
Paris Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), in collaboration with Institut des Sciences de la Communication, CNRS/Paris Sorbonne/UPMC
Grant, Leader WP1 and co-leader WP5, participant in other WPs
Grand Challenge 5- 03
Declined in favor of colleagues, as it was concomitant with ERC grant
European Commission, Horizon2020 program
IEF Marie Curie Grant for Career Development
Highly competitive (10-15% success rate) grant
European Commission FP7 for Research, Research Executive Agency (REA)
Ph.D. thesis-drawn essay ‘Openness as an Asset. A Classification System for Online Communities based on Actor-Network Theory’ awarded ‘Best Paper’ (approx. 500 international participants)
WikiSym 2010, 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. Conference organizers: Wikipedia, TJEF: The John Ernest Foundation, CM Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia, and Web (SIGWEB).
Scholarship weaving tuition fee to participate in the Third Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory on Digital Futures
University of California at Irvine
Digital Communities competition, Award of Distinction (2nd prize)
Prix Ars Electronica, Linz (AT). Oldest world-wide competition for digital technologies and society
Ranked 1st at PhD Program admission test (about 30 candidates). Scholarship for Ph.D. attendance
University of Milan-Bicocca
Master thesis-derived paper of television studies awarded close-second winner of the 1st edition of the Mauro Wolf Prize on the social effects of media
Baskerville Publisher (IT), University of Bologna, University of Rome Sapienza, University of Milan
Positions of trust and institutional responsibilities
2017-Current, Member VSNU – Association of Dutch Universities (invited)
2016-Current, Member Young Academy @ UT, University of Twente, NL (invited)
2016-Current, Member BMS Faculty research strategy committee on resilience, University of Twente, NL (invited)
2013-Current, Faculty member, Behavioural, Management and Social Studies Faculty, University of Twente, NL
2010-2013, Procurement committee member, Lepida S.p.A. (nominated by CEO)
2006-2013, International Scientific Advisory Board for Digital Communities, Prix Ars Electronica Linz, AT (invited)
Membership of scientific societies
2015 / current, member, Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC)
2014 / current, member, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
2010 / current, member, EASST - European Association for the Study of Science and Technology
2010 / current, member, STS Italia - Italian Association for Science and Technology Studies
Editoral and reviewing activities
Since 2018, Reviewer, Science, Technology and Human Values (invited)
Since 2017, Reviewer, Research Policy (invited)
Since 2016, Reviewer, U.S. National Science Foundation, Internet Policy Review (invited)
Since 2015, Reviewer, Information, Communication & Society (invited), Administration & Society (invited), Science, Technology and Society (invited).
2013 – Current, Editorial Board member, Tecnoscienza – Italian Journal of Science and Technology Studies (peer-reviewed international STS journal, invited).
2006 / 2008
Ph.D. candidate, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research and Ars Electronica, Linz (AT). Ph.D. research on digital communities in collaboration with the media art branch of Austrian Boltzmann Institute, and Ars Electronica. Results: PhD thesis (Pelizza 2009b)
Artist in residence, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, TENT. (NL), in co-production with Orfeo TV-Telestreet, network for independent media (IT).
Main activities: production of the ‘Meta7-Medium’ project in the context of the ‘Exploding Television’ section of the film festival, aimed at the experimentation of new forms of TV-making and broadcasting.
Results: three publications (Pelizza 2006a; 2006b; 2007).
October / December 2004
Ethnographer, Institute for Cultural and Landscape Heritage, Bologna (IT), in cooperation with Palazzo Stella Foundation, Bologna (IT). EU project ‘Peace Path from Lübeck to Rome’.
Main activities: ethnographic video interviews, part of the documentary ‘Collectives Imaginaires, Public Architectures and Arts of Regime Along the Via Emilia. The Preservation of Memory as a Map of the European Way from Lübeck to Rome’.
December 2003 / February 2004
Performing artist, Trasmediale Festival for Digital Art and Media, Berlin (DE), in co-production with Orfeo TV-Telestreet, network for independent media (IT).
Main activities: project design, live TV direction, ‘Orpheus&Eurydice’ project.
Responsible for international relations, multimedia producer, Orfeo TV-Telestreet, Italian network for independent media and community broadcaster.
Main activities: design and production of multimedia projects; teaching visual grammar and video-making; participation in international conferences, festivals and working groups.
English: fluent writing, reading and speaking skills. CEFR: C2
Dutch: good reading, basic speaking and writing skills. CEFR: B1
French: fluent reading and writing skills, good speaking skills.
German: basic reading, speaking and writing skills. CEFR: A2
Spanish: good reading skills, basic writing and speaking skills.