Course Schedule

Veranstaltungen von Prof. Dr. Stephan Scheel


Digital ID and the Transformation of State Power in the Digital Age (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Stephan Scheel

14-täglich | Donnerstag | 14:00 - 17:00 | 09.04.2024 - 05.07.2024 | HMS 211/215

Inhalt: Course Description and Overview We are currently experiencing the most significant shift in statist identification practices since the consolidation of the international passport regime in the 19th century. Digital identification devices like electronic eID cards providing remote access to government services, biometric databases, and blockchain-secured digital identity wallets are increasingly complementing, or even replacing, paper-based means of identification like passports, ID cards or birth certificates. This course focuses on two interrelated questions: First, how does the move towards digital identification devices reconfigure the relations and transactions between citizens and state authorities? And secondly, in how far may the growing use of digital identification technologies transform the modern nation-state by reconfiguring the meaning of central parameters of modern statecraft, such as citizenship, sovereignty, or territory? Overall Class Format In the first two sessions of the course on 11th and 25th April we will lay the conceptual and theoretical groundwork of the course and distribute topics for the presentations given by course participants in the remaining four block sessions. For the first two sessions participants have to submit a response paper on one of the core readings. In general, course participants are expected to prepare the mandatory core readings for each of the sessions to facilitate an informed discussion.The response papers and the presentation serve as preparatory work for the essay (10-12 pages) that participants have to submit in order to earn credits for the course.