›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 03/2017

Atmospheres and mobilities

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Volume 2: Forced Mobilities, New Moorings

The events of 2015 that shook people in the Middle East and Africa significantly affected Europe. They provoked political debate, and they are challenging western societies and the cultural and social sciences. The second issue of Mobile Culture Studies. The Journal (›mcsj›) addresses forced mobilities and new moorings as seen in current ethnographic studies. We investigate what these unsettling and enriching mobilities—from large-scale to individual movements—entail for a culture beyond national boundaries, and for actors, lifeworlds, institutions, structures, ideologies, and worldviews.

The contributions in this second issue of ›mcsj› follow up on existing fields of study, they unlock new topics and check how definitions and methodological approaches account for recent developments.

Our journal continues to encourage multilingual and international contributions. Different regions offer insights into different kinds of mobilities in different historical times. However, they share the passion of connecting the diverse perspectives of mobile actors and the multiplicity of structural frameworks: to consider events, actions, and emotions along with discourses, and to correlate political structures with historical attitudes and concepts. Apart from conventional texts, this issue also includes sound and video items that transcend the voicelessness seen in many unlikely and illegitimate migratory incidents.