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Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

Aims & Scope

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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 6(2), Summer 2016

Georgine Clarsen and Gijs Mom

Lazy Labor, Modernization, and Coloniality: Mobile Cultures between the Andes and the Amazon around 1900
Jaime Moreno Tejada

Blue Sky Matter: Toward an (In-flight) Understanding of the Sensuousness of Mobilities Design
Ole B. Jensen and Phillip Vannini

SPECIAL SECTION on African Mobilities

“Containers, Carriers, Vehicles”: Three Views of Mobility from Africa
Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Jeroen Cuvelier and Katrien Pype

Conservation-Induced Resettlement: The Case of the Baka of Southeast Cameroon—A Variation on the Habitual Mobility–Immobility Nexus
Harrison Esam Awuh

Organic Vehicles and Passengers: The Tsetse Fly as Transient Analytical Workspace
Clapperton Mavhunga

All for a Container! Transnational Mobility, Transport Technologies, and Love Affairs
Alessandro Jedlowski

“Africa, Are We There Yet?” Taking African Mobilities Seriously—Concluding Remarks
Kudzai Matereke


Mobilities and the Multinatural: A Test Case in India
Thomas Birtchnell


Through Different Eyes: A Diversity Project
Morten Nielsen


“Floating Melodies and Memories” of the Terezín Memorial
Chia-ling Lai


Seeing Is Being: Transfer, Transformation, and the Spectatorship of Transgender Mobility in François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend
Julia Dettke


Peter Cox, ed. Cycling Cultures (Chester, UK: University of Chester, 2015)
James Longhurst

Daniel Owen Spence, Colonial Naval Culture and British Imperialism, 1922–67 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015)
Sheila Dwyer

Colin Divall, ed., Cultural Histories of Sociabilities, Spaces and Mobilities (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2015)
John Lennon

Christopher Kopper and Massimo Moraglio, eds., The Organization of Transport: A History of Users, Industry, and Public Policy (New York: Routledge, 2014)
Zhenhua Chen

Paul Ingrassia, Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2012)
Rudi Volti

Hagar Kotef, Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: On Liberal Governances of Mobility (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015)
Gopalan Balachandran

Bernd Stiegler, Traveling in Place: A History of Armchair Travel. Trans. Peter Filkins. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010)
Katarina Gephardt

Thomas Buhler, Déplacements urbains: sortir de l’orthodoxie. Plaidoyer pour une prise en compte des habitudes (Lausanne: Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes, 2015)
Mathieu Flonneau

Ruth A. Miller, Snarl: In Defense of Stalled Traffic and Faulty Networks (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015)
Kyle Shelton


Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (London: Picador, 2014)
Fiona Wilkie

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