[-empyre-] Welcome to Week 4: Across borders and networks: migrants, asylum seekers, or refugee?

Renate Terese Ferro rferro at cornell.edu
Tue Feb 23 04:30:47 AEDT 2016

Dear -empyreans,  
Thanks to  this past weeks guests Pau Delgado, Alba Moses, Robert McKee Irwin, and Ian Alan Paul.  The week was an evocative one with many -empyre subscribers also posting.  Hoping you will all stay part of the discussion if your schedules permit.  This month seems to be flying by and I am looking forward to this last week in particular to wrap up loose ends but also introduce some new ones.  For those of you who might want a synopsis of the entire month’s discussion you can visit our archive  http://lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/pipermail/empyre/

We warmly welcome and introduce: Laila Shereen Sakr, Dr Maurice Stierl, Tanja Ostojić,  Horit Herman Peled for Weel 4 on -empyre soft-skinned space.  Their biographies are below. 
Best to all of you.  Renate Ferro

Horit Herman-Peled is Professor of Media Art and Culture at Pollack Art College and Talpiyot college in Tel Aviv and at the Art Institute of Oranim College in Kiryat Tivon, Israel.
Current work includes
	Yoav Peled, Horit Herman Peled,  ” The Religionization of Israeli Society, London: Routledge, (2017).
	Horit Herman Peled, Yoav Peled, “The Way Forward in the Middle East,” in John Eherenberg  and  Yoav Peled, eds., Israel/Palestine: Alternative Perspectives on Statehood, Rowman and Littlefield, (2016).
Other work can be accessed at her website at

Tanja Ostojić is a feminist performance artist. Her work draws inspiration from her own experience as a non-European Union citizen, a traveler and female artist. Ostojić has lived in Serbia, Slovenia, France, and Germany, but refuses to claim any particular nationality. In December 2005, Ostojić became well known in Europe as a result of her poster After Courbet, L´origine du Monde, also referred to informally as "EU Panties" The work, a satire of French Realist Gustave Courbet's 1866 painting L'Origine du monde, was first displayed
on billboards at the public exhibition EuroPart held inVienna in December 2005-January 2006.Ostojić's version displayed her own crotch, clothed in blue underwear complete with EU
stars. The image was meant as an ironic suggestion that foreign women are only welcome in Europe when they drop their underwear. Ostojić's grand theme is the "arrogance of the EU" with regards to the integration of south-eastern Europe into the union. For south-east Europeans, and particularly women, becoming resident in the EU is
often only possible through marriage, which Ostojić depicts as a form of prostitution. From 2000 to 2003, she publicly addressed this issue in an online performance piece, Looking for a husband with a EU passport, in which she presented herself naked and with a shaven head, possibly reminiscent of a prisoner from socialist times.This led to an actual
marriage to an artist from Cologne, from whom she then separated in 2005, again as an online performance. http://socialtextjournal.org/periscope_article/crossing-borders-development-of-diverse-artistic-strategies/

Laila Shereen Sakr is a digital media theorist, artist, and activist working in social media, digital archives, computer analytics, data visualization, glitch art, live cinema, video installation, and
Middle East film and new media. She is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her work uses digital logic and technique to map how participation in virtual worlds and networked publics has influenced the formation of a virtual body politic. This research led her to design the R-Shief media system for archiving and analyzing content from social networking sites, and the cyborg representation of VJ Um Amel. Professor Sakr has been a leading voice in the open source movement in Egypt and the Arab world. Sakr has
shown in solo and group exhibitions and performances at galleries and museums across the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East, and has published extensively. http://vjumamel.com

Dr Maurice Stierl is Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on migration and border struggles in contemporary Europe and is broadly situated in the disciplines of International Relations, International Political Sociology, and Migration & Border Studies. He concluded his doctoral research in 2014 at the University of Warwick and is the author of the journal article ‘‘No One is Illegal!’ – Resistance and the Politics of Discomfort’ (2012), published in Globalizations. His forthcoming publications will appear in the journals Citizenship Studies, Political Geography, Global Society, and Antipode, as well as in a volume edited by Dr Nicholas De Genova. Dr Stierl is a member of the activist project WatchTheMed Alarm Phone and the research collectives Kritnet, MobLab, Authority & Political Technologies and a co-editor of Movements.


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