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Transit: Human Dignity and Visa Law and Policy

Transit: Human Dignity and Visa Law and Policy

Despite the influence of visa law and policy, little research exists on its history and development. When, under what circumstances, and in which politico-geographical space did the “visa” come into existence? “Transit” uses literary and linguistic analysis to develop an intertextual canvas of visa histories. The final product, an interactive digital media map platform, will enable users to trace the development of visa law and policy across time and space. Further, “Transit” will help users to visualize the geo-political origins and historical evolution of the visa system through legal and literary data. Additionally, the digital platform will enable users to search specific text corpora between 1500 and 2008 in English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, and Spanish across single or multiple genres to understand the ways in which visa laws and policies impinged on fundamental human rights and dignities in various linguistic cultures.

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