A six-issue journal exploring the circulation of people, goods, information, and even fauna and flora, around the world and the transformative impact they have on contemporary life.

The refugee crisis that Europe is currently facing is shedding a dramatic light on the countryside. Syrians refugees flee the war via Turkey, then Greece and t heir isolated beaches, to move on to travel Europe across country, fields and scenic landscapes via Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia... The forgotten rural land is the stage of our present migration tragedy, not cities.

Migrations in rural settings, however, transcend movements of people. The countryside is the metaphor of the nation, its permanence is celebrated in the vocabulary and the iconography: soil, roots, trees, farmers. But, like cities, the countryside has dramatically changed, influenced by human and ecological footprints—man-made or natural. Most of the fruits, vegetables and cereals that are part of our everyday diet and whose crops are shaping our rural landscapes are not autochthonous, they were imported. Seeds are also migrants, so are the mechanical inventions that shape our landscape. What will be the migration of tomorrow? What will be the countryside of tomorrow?

The Journal explores the circulation of people, goods, information, and even fauna and flora, around the world and the transformative impact they have on contemporary life. While migration is part of humanity's genesis, it seems the phenomenon has become ubiquitous, happening faster, with complex ramifications.

MIGRANT aims at exploring the relationship between these elements, events, journeys and spaces bound under the idea of 'migration' in all its forms, crucial to understand today's society.

In order to break from the prejudices and clichés of migrants and migration, MIGRANT asks artists, journalists, academics, designers, architects, philosophers, activists and citizens to rethink our approach to migration and critically explore the new spaces it creates.

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

Justinien Tribillon
Justinien is an urbanist and writer. Born and bred in Paris, he is now based in London. Justinien explores cities with ideas, concepts, images, quantitative and qualitative data. He works with architecture practices, municipalities and research centres in ­Paris and London. Justinien writes for The ­Guardian and other publications such as MONU. A PhD candidate at University College ­London where he researches the divide Paris/Banlieue.

Catarina de Almeida Brito
Catarina is a Portuguese designer. Having grown up in Brussels, studying architecture in the UK and France, and working in Portugal and Spain, she ventured into the world of ‘architecture beyond architecture’ and completed a masters at the LSE Cities. She has taught at the Architectural Association Summer School, and worked on the 2014 Venice Biennale while at Rem Koolhaas’ office. Catarina’s interests lie in architecture diplomacy, as well as Architecture and all its ramifications. She has recently completed her architectural education in the Royal College of Art in London.

Isabel Seiffert
Based in Zurich, Isabel is an independent graphic designer mainly focusing on editorial design and typography. Next to commissions and collaborations, she engages in research, design education and investigates critical issues within the fields of design. Her book Not the End of Print was published in 2014, and won the TDC 61 award in New York.

Christoph Miler
Christoph is an author and designer based in Switzerland, with a strong focus on storytelling, research and editorial design. In his work he explores questions of globalisation, media and society.

Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler have recently joined forces to form the design practice, Offshore Studio which is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Their projects have a strong focus on editorial design, typography and storytelling. Next to commissions and collaborations, Offshore Studio investigates critical issues of design, globalisation and media in self-initiated projects.

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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. The spaces and frictions this contradiction creates 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 every summer to pick strawberries while Portuguese workers harvest grapes in France, 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 15th of December 2016 to: editors@migrantjournal.com