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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(1), Spring 2016

Gijs Mom

SPECIAL SECTION on Race and the Politics of Mobility

Race and the Politics of Mobility—Introduction
Judith Nicholson and Mimi Sheller

Black Moves: Moments in the History of African-American Masculine Mobilities
Tim Cresswell

Ceasing Fire and Seizing Time: LA Gang Tours and the White Control of Mobility
Sarah Sharma and Armond R. Towns

“Four Guys and a Hole in the Floor”: Racial Politics of Mobility and Excretion among BC-Based Long Haul Truckers
Amie McLean

Race and the Micropolitics of Mobility: Mobile Autoethnography on a South African Bus Service
Bradley Rink

Target Practice: The Algorithmics and Biopolitics of Race in Emerging Smart Border Practices and Technologies
Tamara Vukov

Racing Mobility, Excavating Modernity: A Comment
Cotten Seiler


Mobilizing a “Spiritual Geography”: The Art and Child Artists of the Carrolup Native School and Settlement, Western Australia
Ellen Percy Kraly and Ezzard Flowers

Ocean, Motion, Emotion: Mobilities and Mobilizations in the Pacific
Matt Matsuda


Ghana ThinkTank: Black Lives Matter Guerrilla Street Signs
Christopher Robbins, Maria del Carmen Montoya, and John Ewing


Black Lives Matter: The Black Lives Matter Movement in the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Rod Clare


Modulating Blackness in Dear White People
Somy Kim


Oded Löwenheim, The Politics of the Trail: Reflexive Mountain Biking along the Frontier of Jerusalem
Heidi Morrison

Judith Madera, Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African-American Literature
James S. Finley

Jane Carey and Jane Lydon, eds., Indigenous Networks: Mobility, Connections and Exchange
Daniel Owen Spence

Gijs Mom, Atlantic Automobilism: Emergence and Persistence of the Car, 1895–1940
Aaron Hatley

Nicole Starosielski, The Undersea Network
Rachael Squire

Sarah Jane Cervenak, Wandering: Philosophical Performances of Racial and Sexual Freedom
Michael Ra-shon Hall

Yasmine Abbas, Le néo-nomadisme: mobilités, partage, transformations identitaires et urbaines
Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin

Suzan Ilcan, Mobilities, Knowledge, and Social Justice
Sibo Chen

Lesley Murray and Sara Upstone, eds., Researching and Representing Mobilities: Transdisciplinary Encounters
Tawny Andersen


Michel Houellebecq, Soumission
Stéphanie Ponsavady

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