Christine Bischoff

Migration and the Regime of the Gaze

A Critical Perspective on Concepts and Practices of Visibility and Visualization


Culture today is a visual culture: nothing should escape visibility. Our knowledge, our ideas and experiences are shaped by images that do not merely illustrate or reproduce them, but also structure, change, and highlight them. Accordingly, our perceptions and interpretations of migration are also determined by images; they play a decisive role in the construction of “imagined communities” (Anderson 2016).

Whether and how we see migration is a sociocultural process: we see what has been made visible to us.2 The (in)visibility of things is not a manifest quality, but, as Peter Geimer put it, “designed ...

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