Welcome to an overview of Alessandra Von Burg's projects.
The latest article is available here:
Citizenship Islands: The Ongoing Emergency in the Mediterranean Sea
Media and Communication (ISSN: 2183-2439)
2019, Volume 7, Issue 2, 218-229.
A map of examples of citizenship islands and deserts is here;
Citizenship Islands https://storymap.knightlab.com/edit/?id=citizenship-deserts
Stochastic citizenship is a way to situate people where they are not based on their origin, nationality or other traditional associations, rather on the idea that where one is born is ‘accidental,’ so that the construction of one’s place in the world is based on our abilities to connect to others.
The term stochastic comes from mathematical, statistical and computational processes that emerge from a theory of probability and stress trials pertaining to chance as ‘random functions.’ Statistician Bartlett writes that “the simplest type” of stochastic process is one that involves “the purely random sequence of individual events” and provides “a model for the observed phenomena.”
Stochasticity becomes a metaphor to analyze discourses of citizenship from the premise that we all occupy a random, uncertain place in the world. Stochastic citizenship emerges from this randomness, the probabilities and improbabilities citizens face based on their place of origin, and the risks people take to change their status.
Stochastic citizenship offers an interrogation of our understanding of fixed boundaries like nations and cultures as imagined communities through an investigation of existing practices by connecting them to seemingly dissimilar ones. This process links what we know well with what seems different, specifically focusing on the human right of freedom of movement and the concept of mobility.
In the Fall 2014, we investigated stochastic citizenship in Venice, as temporary citizens, not-as-mobile as tourists, but not quite-as-permanent as full-time residents. Venice has a long history of transition, movement, survival, as one of the first maritime commercial hubs and center of international trade.
In Spring 2021, we are returning to Venice to live, study, think, and challenge practices of mobility, community engagement, sustainability, and live-ability.
See 'Stochastic Citizenship: Toward a Rhetoric of Mobility'
Alessandra Beasley Von Burg
Philosophy and Rhetoric
Volume 45, Number 4, 2012