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"Everything new is born illegal." Historicizing Rapid Migration through New Media Projects

Bilkic, Ljudmila (2018) "Everything new is born illegal." Historicizing Rapid Migration through New Media Projects. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation historicizes the interplay between standardized perception of cross-border movement and the complexity that actually results out of such an approach. A select number of artistic contributions that speak of and for individuals officially identified as “refugees,” “asylum seekers,” and “illegals” on part of governing authorities reflect this interplay. The selected works, namely Christoph Schlingensief’s 2000 happening Bitte liebt Österreich – Erste Österreichische Koalitionswoche and Paul Poet‘s resulting 2001 documentary Ausländer Raus! Schlingensiefs Container, Agostino Imondi and Dietmar Ratsch’s 2010 documentary Neukölln Unlimited, and Ursula Biemann’s video essays Contained Mobility (2004) and X-Mission (2008), intervene into the legal identification on part of nation-states through the routine life practices that occur on part of the migrants. While recognizing this process, the new media works challenge us to move away from binary arguments, such as positioning those in control opposite individuals who passively adopt parameters. Instead, they offer a perspective in which individuals caught in rapid migration successfully and productively negotiate their space, ultimately compelling us to move past viewing rapid migration as an exceptional reality.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bilkic, Ljudmilaljb36@pitt.eduljb36
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHalle, Randallrhalle@pitt.edurhalle
Committee MemberCondee, Nancycondee@pitt.educondee
Committee Membervon Dirke, Sabinevondirke@pitt.eduvondirke
Committee MemberLyon, Johnjblyon@pitt.edujblyon
Date: 31 January 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 31 October 2017
Approval Date: 31 January 2018
Submission Date: 8 December 2017
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 253
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Germanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: asylum seeker, biopolitics, border issues, construction of nation-states, critical geography, critical knowledgescapes, dis-identification, essay film, experimental documentary, experimental video art, fall of empires, globalization, history of perceiving migration, illegal, intellectual montage, knowledgescapes, new media, normative perception of cross-border movement, performing borders, postdramatic theater, rapid migration, refugee, relativity of belonging, standardized perception, statist normativity, symbolic production
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 15:43
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 06:15


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