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


Winter 2014, Volume 4(3)




Georgine Clarsen and Gijs Mom

Indigènes into Signs: Incorporating Indigenous Pedestrians on Colonial Roads in 1920s and 1930s French Indochina
Stéphanie Ponsavady

The Mule Caravans of Western Yunnan: An Oral History of the Muleteers of Zhaozhou
Ma Jiangxiong and Ma Cunzhao


History, Historiography, and Be(com)ing on the Move: Introduction to the Special Section
M. William Steele and Weiqiang Lin

Racialized Capacities and Transgressive Mobility: “Asian” Laborers and “Western” Urban Transportation in Colonial Manila and Singapore
Michael D. Pante

Imperial Mobility: Circulation as History in East Asia under Empire
Kate McDonald

Mobility on the Move: Rickshaws in Asia
M. William Steele

Commentary: The Cultural Diffusion of Asian Innovations in Transport Mobilities
Kevin Hannam


Fuels and Flows: Rethinking Histories of Transport and Mobility through Energy
Victor Seow


LIVE Singapore! The Urban Data Collider
Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel


A Historical Railroad Journey: Review of the Railway Museum in Saitama City, Japan
Jessamyn R. Abel


Migration and Modernization in China: One Family’s Sacrifice
Arianne Gaetano


Yogesh Sharma, ed., Coastal Histories: Society and Ecology in Pre-Modern India
Debojyoti Das

Jason Lim, A Slow Ride into the Past: The Chinese Trishaw Industry in Singapore 1942–1983
Margaret Mason

Xiang Biao, Brenda S.A. Yeoh, and Mika Toyota, eds., Return: Nationalizing Transnational Mobility in Asia
Gopalan Balachandran

Ajaya Kumar Sahoo and Johannes G. de Kruijf, eds., Indian Transnationalism Online: New Perspectives on Diaspora
Anouck Carsignol

Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde, Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora
Yuk Wah Chan

Christine B.N. Chin, Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global City
Lilly Yu and Kimberly Kay Hoang

David Walker and Agnieszka Sobocinska, eds., Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century
Daniel Oakman

Valeska Huber, Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond, 1869–1914
Vincent Lagendijk

Bieke Cattoor and Bruno De Meulder, Figures Infrastructures: An Atlas of Roads and Railways
Maik Hoemke

Klaus Benesch, ed., Culture and Mobility
Rudi Volti