›mcsj› is a multilingual, peer-reviewed, academic open-access journal without author fees being published by the Karl Franzens University Graz (Austria) in the form of a yearbook.

It has evolved from the international trans-disciplinary platform Mobile Culture Studies (MCS), active until 2014. The annual journal, with alternating key subjects and guest editors, aims to publish original articles from research at the forefront of the trans-disciplinary field of mobilities.

›mcsj› is grounded in the humanities, whilst maintaining a close dialogue both with the social and technical sciences and the artistic field.

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University of Graz

Attemsgasse 25/I, 8010 Graz, Austria


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Rolshoven

+43 (0)316 380 - 2584




University of Southampton

Avenue Campus, Highfield, Southampton

SO17 1BF, United Kingdom


Professor Joachim Schlör

+44 (0)23 8059 - 2232


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Call for Papers 02/2016

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Volume 1: The Sea Voyage – Die Schiffsreise

In the first Volume of “Mobile Culture Studies. The Journal” recent research on Jewish migration meets ethnographic and anthropological research on mobility. The common denominator is the sea voyage, the common interest lies in the cultural practices of „people aboard ships“. The common aim is the search for useful and contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches, that guide the study of a wide variety of individual experiences and a large number of relevant sources.

The sources range from 19th century diaries written by female transatlantic travellers to contemporary interviews with „liveaboards“ on the Mediterranean Sea. They include the travel notes of eminent anthropologists and documents relating to the current catastrophic situation of refugees.

The contributions bring into a dialogue van Gennep’s „Rites de Passage“ and Foucault’s „heterotopia“, Turner’s „liminality“ and the new „(Jewish) Maritime Studies“, in a joint effort to understand how individuals and groups, in different temporal and geographical settings, experienced their sea voyages as a turning point in their lives and as an opportunity to reflect, to write or to talk about the meaning of these experiences between here and there, between past and future.