Fredy Mora Gámez, MSc PhD

University Assistant
(post doc)



Fredy Mora Gámez is a university assistant (postdoc) at the Department of Science and Technology Studies and is part of the Technosciences, Materiality and Digital Culture research team.  His work explores the intersections between science and technology studies, critical migration/border studies, social movements scholarship, alternative technoscience and psychosocial theory. His research condenses two interrelated lines of inquiry: on the one hand, how migration management, as a state project, is mobilised by information infrastructures and institutional sociomaterial practices. On the other hand, the flows between digital and more-than digital forms of materiality mediating collective forms of memory, affect, and political claims in social movements. 

Before joining the Department, Fredy was a postdoctoral researcher  at TEMA T (Technology and Social Change) in Linköping University (Sweden). He was also a postdoctoral Research Associate of the project `Mending the new: A Framework for Reconciliation Through Testimonial Digital Textiles in the Transition to Post-Conflict Rural Colombia´ at the University of Nottingham (UK). Fredy is currently the Principal Investigator of the project `Calculating migration: a multi-sited ethnography of algorithmic governance and redistribution keys´ (Riksbankens Jubileumfond, P20-0618), a collaboration between Linköping University and the European New School of Digital Societies (Frankfurt).

During his doctoral research at the University of Leicester, Fredy examined the technological deployment of rights restitution and reparation policies in post-conflict Colombia, and traced alternative forms of repair developed by rural communities. As part of his previous postdoctoral appointments, Fredy engaged with social movements in Colombia and Greece to gain a better understanding of collective practices of making (crafting, sewing, knitting, displaying, curating, digitising). He became particularly interested in how those material practices stand out as alternatives  coexisting with, and many times also challenging, instituted forms of governmental reparation and solidarity. 

Fredy is a member of the Grupo de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Medicina (GESCTM) at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and a member of the International Science and Technology Studies Research Network on Migration, Border Control Technologies and Infrastructures (STS-MIGTEC).

Current Research Interests

Critical studies of population management infrastructures

Infrastructures of care and social movements

Alternative technoscience and activism

Posthuman understandings of memory, affect, and reparation

Infrastructures and the enactment of the state (social studies of politics)

Decoloniality and STS

Selected Publications

Mora-Gámez, F. (forthcoming June 2021). `Thinking beyond the ‘imposter’: gatecrashing un/welcoming borders of containment ´ In Woolgar, S., Vogel, E. Moats, D. and Helgesson, C.F (Eds) The imposter as social theory: thinking with gatecrashers, cheats, and charlatans.  London, Bristol University Press. ISBN 152921307X, 9781529213072

Mora-Gámez, F. and Brown, S.D. (2020). ‘A reparação a despeito de si mesma: traições psi na Colômbia pós-conflito’. In Arruda-Ferreira, A., Mello-Machado, F. and Foureaux-Figueredo, B. (Eds) Governamentalidade e práticas psi: a gestão pela liberdade. Rio de Janeiro, Editora NAU, Rio de Janeiro. ISBN  978-65-87079-19-6

Mora-Gámez, F. (2020). Beyond citizenship: the material politics of alternative infrastructures. Citizenship Studies. 24, 5: 696-711.  DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2020.1784648

Arboleda-Ariza, J., Prossel, G. and Mora-Gámez, F. (2020). Absent peace and Reconciliation in Colombia: a study of transition discourses in former combatants. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy. (Ahead of print). DOI

Mora-Gámez F, Brown S.D. (2019). The psychosocial management of rights restitution: Tracing technologies for reparation in post-conflict Colombia. Theory & Psychology. 2019;29(4):521-538. doi:10.1177/0959354319863136

Pérez-Bustos, T., Martínez-Medina, S., Mora-Gámez, F. (2018). What is ‘(un)making’ STS ethnographies? Reflections (not exclusively) from Latin America. Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society. 1,1: 131-137. DOI: 10.1080/25729861.2018.1551825

Mora-Gámez, F. (2016). “Reconocimiento de víctimas en Colombia: sobre tecnologías de representación y condiciones de estado”. Universitas Humanística, 82: 75-101.