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 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.

African Mobilities
Latin America & Caribbean
Media and Mobility
Moving Asia on the Move


Subjects: History, Cultural Studies, Migration


Volume 5(1), Spring 2015


Heike Weber and Gijs Mom

A World Event (On Circumnavigation, 1519–1522): Excerpt from Guillermo Giucci’s Tierra del Fuego: La creación del fin del mundo
Guillermo Giucci

The Politics of Fear, Mobility, and Media Discourses: A Case Study of Malmö
Vanessa Stjernborg, Mekonnen Tesfahuney, and Anders Wretstrand

Rethinking Children’s Independent Mobility: Revealing Cultures of Children’s Agentic and Imaginative Mobilities through Emil and the Detectives
Lesley Murray


Displaying Roads: Engineers as Cultural Actors—Introduction
Massimo Moraglio and Bruce Seely

Making Place for the Modern Road: The Road Exhibitions in Brussels (1910) and Liège (1930)
David Peleman

The Map and the Territory: The Seventh International Road Congress, Germany 1934
Kristina Skåden

Radical Mobilities on Display: The Motorway Aesthetics of Postwar Oslo
Even Smith Wergeland

Road Works: Some Observations on Representing Roads
Peter Merriman


Frontiers of Mobilities Studies
Georgine Clarsen


The Exterritory Project
Ruti Stela and Maayan Amir


New Mobile Methods: The Skateboarder as Contemporary Flâneur
Daniel Newman


“Everything Happens Fast”: Tracking Automotive Speed, Economic Acceleration, and the Roots of European Road Movies in Il sorpasso
Michael Gott


Delwar Hussain, Boundaries Undermined: The Ruin of Progress on the Bangladesh-India Border
Shelley Feldman

Ting Chang, Travel, Collecting, and Museums of Asian Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Michelle Antoinette

Felicity Barnes, New Zealand’s London: A Colony and its Metropolis
Frances Steel

Gauitra Bahadur, The Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture
Vidhya Raveendranathan

Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman, Networked: The New Social Operating System
Ulla Autenrieth

Melina Piglia, Autos, rutas y turismo: El Automóvil Club Argentino y el estado
Rodrigo Booth

Lorenz J. Finison, Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880–1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society
Luis Vivanco

Roland Wenzlhuemer, Connecting the Nineteenth-Century World: The Telegraph and Globalization;
Christian Holtorf, Der erste Draht zur Neuen Welt: Die Verlegung des transatlantischen Telegrafenkabels
Regine Buschauer

Colin Pooley, Tim Jones, Miles Tight, Dave Horton, Griet Scheldeman, Caroline Mullen, Ann Jopson and Emanuele Strano, Promoting Walking and Cycling: New Perspectives on Sustainable Travel
Melody L. Hoffmann

Jon Shaw and Iain Docherty, The Transport Debate
Rachel Aldred

Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers: A Novel
Sunny Stalter-Pace