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Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

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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(3), Winter 2016

Peter Merriman, Georgine Clarsen, and Gijs Mom

Motorcycling in 1980s Athens: Popularization, Representational Politics, and Social Identities
Panagiotis Zestanakis

Governing Global Aeromobility: Canada and Airport Refugee Claimants in the 1980s
Bret Edwards

SPECIAL SECTION on Travel Writing and Knowledge Transfer

Itinerant Knowledge Production in European Travel Writing—Introduction
Florian Krobb and Dorit Müller

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

Knowledge, Travel, and Embodied Thought: Restlessness in Herder’s Journal of My Voyage in the Year 1769
John K. Noyes

Reconstruction—Fiction—Transfer: Imparting Ethno-aesthetic Knowledge in John Hawkesworth’s Report on Cook’s First Voyage to the South Pacific (1768–1771)
Sebastian Kaufmann

At the Threshold to the New World: Equator Crossings, Sunsets, and Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques
Michael Bies

Time and the Other in Nineteenth-Century German Travel Writing on Africa
Tracey Reimann-Dawe

New Mobilities, Spaces, and Ideas to Market: European Travel Writers and the Making of a Genre—Comment
Steven D. Spalding


A Brief History of Smart Transportation Infrastructure
Kathleen Frazer Oswald


Tough Ultramarathons and Life on the Run
Kai Syng Tan


Understanding through Performance—Black Boston: A City Connects
PJ Carlino


Resistant Culture, African Travel
Florian Krobb


Stefan Hermes and Sebastian Kaufmann, eds., Der ganze Mensch – die ganze Menschheit: Völkerkundliche Anthropologie, Literatur und Ästhetik um 1800
Johannes Görbert

Julia Kuehn and Paul Smethurst, eds., New Directions in Travel Writing Studies
Russ Pottle

Johannes Görbert, Die Vertextung der Welt: Forschungsreisen als Literatur bei Georg Forster, Alexander von Humboldt und Adelbert von Chamisso
Jeff Morrison

Gary Totten, African American Travel Narratives from Abroad: Mobility and Cultural Work in the Age of Jim Crow
Pramod K. Nayar

Manuel Menrath, ed., Afrika im Blick: Afrikabilder im deutschsprachigen Europa, 1870–1970
Dirk Göttsche

Mary Henes and Brian H. Murray, eds., Travel Writing, Visual Culture and Form, 1760–1900
Lacy Marschalk

Mike Frömel, Offene Räume und gefährliche Reisen im Eis: Reisebeschreibungen über die Polarregionen und ein kolonialer Diskurs im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert
Dorit Müller

Katarina Gephardt, The Idea of Europe in British Travel Narratives, 1789–1914
Angela Fowler

Christopher Schaberg, The End of Airports
Rebecca Mills


Jonathan Franzen, Purity
Kevin Mitchell Mercer

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