Literature – Call for Articles

Artistic positions and representations of mobility and migration

Die Herausgeber der Grazer open access Zeitschrift Mobile Cultures rufen zu Beiträgen für ihre Ausgabe 2018 auf. Es sind Beiträge in allen Sprachen möglich, sofern ein Reviewing in der jeweiligen Sprache möglich ist. Abstracts sollen bis 02.02.2018 eingereicht werden.

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In August 2017, a theatre performance was planned for the art exhibition Documenta 14 in Kassel, with the title “Auschwitz on the Beach”. Is it admissible to link the sort of today’s refugees with the holocaust? Is art the appropriate place to do this? Quite understandably, the title provoked outrage and the performance was cancelled. The event doesn’t tell of the quality of the piece, nor does it answer the more general question how the practice and experience of flight and migration – and other forms of mobility – can be addressed, mirrored, interpreted on the arts, in literature, music, visual arts, but also in novel popcultural approaches.

Migration and mobilities are the topics of the fourth issue 2018 of the online journal “Mobile Culture Studies” (, after “The Sea Voyage“, „Forced Mobilities, New Moorings“, and „Migration et Ambience“. The Editors invite you to submit contributions dealing with artistic positions in a broad sense that deal with migration from an everyday and popular perspective. The contributions can also be written in other languages that English (

The motives are not limited historically or geographically. The editors just mention a few works. “Le juif éternel” (1856)  by Gustave Doré, the illustration of the eternally wandering jew, or “Self-portrait in the hideout” (1944) by Felix Nussbaum, showing a family looking at a world map; Italian and Spanish emigrants’ songs such as “Mamma mia, da mi cento lire” or “L’Emigrant”, which are cultural bridges from the places of origin to the refuges in the America; theatre performances like “Bastimenti. Träume und Schimären zwischen Tarantella und Tango”(2000) by Cataldo Perri, or „Le Dernier Caravansérail“ (2003) by Ariane Mnouchkine.

In everyday culture and the corresponding popular culture artistic positions and creations are, like in photography and movie, use to discuss historical and contemporary forms of mobility. In the volume on migration, editor Burcu Dogramaci has asked which is the meaning of immigration for artistic production and practices, for new ideas, images, methods and theories; and how the increasing interest of artists for topics such as homeness and alienation, migration and displacement is expressed. Marie-Hélène Gutberlet has extended the theme beyond the fringes of Europe by creating the platform “Migration & Media”, a translocal space where change, innovation, new perspectives and attitudes due to the experience of migration that take on the form of movies, texts and images, as well as other figures of thought and design.

In taking up these projects, ›mcsj› is looking in particular for contributions from cultural anthropology that engage in a dialogue with existing works from the history of art and literature and point to the emerging perspectives.

›mcsj› encourages contributions from various sources, whether literary and biographical texts or drawings, images, photography or sound sources (soundscapes, songs, music). Submissions in languages other than English will have to be accompanied by an “extended abstract” in English.

SUGGESTIONS FOR ARTICLES should be no longer than 180 words (English) respectively 1100 characters (French or German, including spaces and title), and be accompanied by a short biography. Both should be sent to the editors of the issue by 2nd February 2018.

THE FINAL ARTICLES with a maximum length of 9000 words have subsequently  to be submitted by 11 May 2018. They will be submitted to an anonymous review process (double-blind review) or, depending on agreement, editor’s review. The issue is planned to appear at the end of 2018.

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