Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

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Chief Editor: Gijs Mom, Eindhoven University of Technology

Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies is a new peer-reviewed journal publishing cutting-edge research on the processes, structures and consequences of the movement of people, resources, and commodities. Intellectually rigorous, broadly ranging, and conceptually innovative, the journal combines the empiricism of traditional mobility history with more recent methodological approaches from the social sciences and the humanities.

The journal's scholarly essays, book and exhibit reviews, artwork and photography, as well as special features provide a rich variety of perspectives that include: analyses of the past and present experiences of vehicle drivers, passengers, pedestrians, migrants, and refugees; accounts of the arrival and transformation of mobility in different nations and locales; and investigations of the kinetic processes of global capital, technology, chemical and biological substances, images, narratives, sounds, and ideas.

Convened around a broad conception of mobility, Transfers provides an interdisciplinary platform to explore the ways in which experiences of mobility have been enabled, shaped and mediated across time and through technological advances.

Subjects: History, Cultural Studies, Migration


Summer 2014, Volume 4(2)


Mimi Sheller and Gijs Mom

Transitioning to a Low Carbon Society? The Case of Personal Transportation and Urban Form in Copenhagen: 1947 to the Present
Andrés Felipe Valderrama Pineda and Nina Vogel

Learning from Electric Cars as Socio-technical Mobility Experiments: Where Next?
Daniel Newman, Peter Wells, Paul Nieuwenhuis, Ceri Donovan and Huw Davies


Rail Networks, Mobility, and the Cultures of Cities: Introduction to the Special Section
Steven D. Spalding

“Behind the backs of houses”: Landscapes of Englishness in the Postwar Railway Poetry of John Betjeman and Philip Larkin
Heather Joyce

The Subte as Looking Machine into the City: Moebius’ Trajectory through Buenos Aires
Araceli Masterson-Algar

Harry Beck’s London Underground Map: A Convex Lens for the Global City
John D. Schwetman

Reworking Appropriation: The Language of Paris Railways, 1870–1914
Peter Soppelsa

Response: Reflections on Rails and the City
George Revill


A City for Woody Allen? The New Banks of the Seine in Paris, a Product of Rootless Sociology and City Planning
Mathieu Flonneau


Turtle 1: The First System D Car
Melle Smets


Old Model, New Parts
Matt Thomas


The Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp
Torsten Feys


Mari Hvattum, Brita Brenna, Beate Elvebakk and Janike Kampevold Larsen, eds., Routes, Roads and Landscapes
Kevin James

Joe T. Darden and Richard W. Thomas, Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide
Bruce Pietrykowski

Adria Imada, Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire
Chase Smith

Noel B. Salazar, Envisioning Eden: Mobilizing Imaginaries in Tourism and Beyond
Julia Harrison

Leon Fink, Sweatshops at Sea: Merchant Seamen in the World’s First Globalized Industry, from 1812 to the Present
John T. Grider

Diana Glenn, Eric Bouvet and Sonia Floriani, eds., Imagining Home: Migrants and the Search for a New Belonging
Irene Belperio

Thomas Birtchnell, Indovation: Innovation and a Global Knowledge Economy in India
Kevin Hannam

Giuseppina Pellegrino, ed., The Politics of Proximity
Jonas De Vos and Frank Witlox

John Parkin, ed., Cycling and Sustainability
Manuel Stoffers

Luis Vivanco, Reconsidering the Bicycle: An Anthropological Perspective on a New (Old) Thing
Matthew Calarco