Migrant Journal


29. November 2016

17.00 –19.00
Roundtable, Editorial Meeting
(on application)
Wired Capital – Migrant Journal Issue 2

Soup & bread

20.00 – 20.15
Public Presentation
Across Country – Migrant Journal Issue 1
Introduction & Call for Papers
Wired Capital – Migrant Journal Issue 2

20.15 – 22.00
Public Brainstorming
Wired Capital – Migrant Journal Issue 2

22.00 – 23.00



Migrant Journal is a publication and discursive platform. In an open editorial meeting (on application) and in a public brainstorming they put their second issue, ‘Wired Capital,’ up to discussion. It will be launched in Spring 2017. The Journal will evolve around the contradiction between restrictions imposed on the movement of people and the acceleration in the circulation of goods, services, money — in one word capital — boosted by free-trade spaces and mechanisms is reaching new levels of paradox and absurdity. Join us for discussing the idea and thinking about possible topics for contributions. Migrant Journal is looking for a wide range of proposals coming from a variety of disciplines and professions.

Die erste Ausgabe des Migrant Journals mit dem Titel 'Across Country'


Migrant Journal is a six-issue journal exploring the circulation of people, goods, information, fauna and flora, around the world and the transformative impact they have on contemporary life. The theme of our first issue is ’Across Country.’ It reports on the extreme drought in Iran, drug cartels in Guatemalan villages and shifting borders as a result of climate change among other things. The second issue, ‘Wired Capital,’ will be launched in Spring 2017.

Migrant Journal is edited by Justinien Tribillon and Catarina de Almeida Brito, co-edited and designed by Offshore Studio (Isabel Seiffert & Christoph Miler).

Migrant Journal – Issue Two

A long time ago there was a clear relationship between transactions, land and money—from cattle and grain in 9000 BCE, to salt (where the word ‘salary’ originates) in the Roman period representing a clear value. Today, this association has become as complicated as intangible. Migrant Journal moves from Across Country to explore the migrations related to Finance.

From agricultural workers travelling across Europe seeking better day rates every summer, to globally spread offshore accounts hosting phantom-like transactions to accommodate the global super rich’s desires, finance determines the movement of people, commodities and information. Just like migration, trading is a millennial process that’s been present in societies throughout time. What are the spaces created by it? How does money determine people’s movements?

The next issue of Migrant Journal will look at FINANCE, the migrations caused by it, and those influencing this timely process

Europe’s migrant crisis is a human issue — national communities put on edge by a never-ending ‘economic crisis’ and irrational fears of the Other want to stop unstoppable flows of migrants and refugees coming their way. With the exception of Germany, politicians and national institutions across Europe indulge voters in their anxiety, seeing in nationalistic simplistic discourses an easy win in the polls.

At the same time, U.S., Europe and China are seeking to create new transcontinental free trade areas: free of boundaries and custom rights, quotas, where the exchange of services and goods are facilitated. In post-Brexit UK, after a vote centred on migration issues, London-based financial institutions are afraid that they will loose their ‘banking passport’ — the ability to trade freely with European partners.

The contradiction between the restrictive movement of people and the free exchange of goods, services, money — in one word capital — is reaching new levels of paradox and absurdity. The spaces and frictions will be the topic of Migrant Journal’s second issue: Wired Capital. From ‘iceberg houses’ in London designed for the ‘uber-wealthy,’ to the infrastructure of high-frequency trading, from Romanian agricultural workers travelling to Spain and Portugal to pick strawberries and grapes every summer to globally-spread offshore accounts, Migrant Journal is looking for a wide range of proposals coming from a variety of disciplines and professions.

Send a short pitch with a few words about yourself or your collective by the 1st of February 2017 to editors@migrantjournal.com. We will also publish a detailed call for proposal in October 2016.

Isabel Seiffert

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