Knowledge and power relations: In a migration storytelling, Derviş Zaim's Film Flashdrive


  • Işıl Baysan Serim

    Işıl Baysan Serim is a qualified architect and a researcher as well as the founder and editor-in-chief of the Sinetopya City, Film and Architecture Magazine. She is a part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture at Bahçeşehir University and Kent University in Istanbul. Her research interests include cinema and architecture, and transdisciplinary knowledge production in architecture such as social theory, political philosophy, technology, urbanism and migration. She regularly gives public talks at national and international institutions and conferences as a film and architecture curator. Işıl was a researcher at Yeditepe University and taught at Bilgi University and Medipol University. 



Architecture, film, camp, cinema, city, civil war, dispositif, flashdrive, knowledge-power, media, refugee, storytelling, Scheherazade, World Building


Starting from Gilles Deleuze's (1989, p.59) concepts of "worldization" or/and "world-image" we should consider the intersection of cinema, architecture and storytelling as an act of thinking about "world-building". Because only such action takes us through creative and political stories that will enable us to understand why the cities of the future are migrant camps. Flashdrive doesn't just give us a refugee camp story; also maps the spatio-temporal distinctions of the survival journey. It presents a migration story shaped by media dispositifs and spatial dispositifs in which power and knowledge are articulated.


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How to Cite

Baysan Serim, I. (2022). Knowledge and power relations: In a migration storytelling, Derviş Zaim’s Film Flashdrive . Journal of Design for Resilience in Architecture and Planning, 3((Special Issue), 160–169.



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