Transfers at a Crossroads

An Anthropological Perspective

in Transfers
Noel B. Salazar KU Leuven, Belgium

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In this short article, I offer a personal reflection on my own mobilities and how these influenced my academic interest in human movement and brought me in contact with mobility studies and Transfers. On the special occasion of the journal's tenth anniversary, I look back at how the journal has fared. I remind readers of the initial plans and expectations that were expressed by the founding editors, with a focus on issues that are important from an anthropological point of view. I complement this critical and constructive analysis with a brief look into the future. In which direction should Transfers ideally be moving? What are the implications of societal developments such as the ones surrounding the coronavirus pandemic for the journal and its thematic focus?

Contributor Notes

Noel B. Salazar is Professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven, Belgium. He is editor of the Worlds in Motion (Berghahn) book series, co-editor of Pacing Mobilities (2020), Methodologies of Mobility (2017), Keywords of Mobility (2016), Regimes of Mobility (2014), and Tourism Imaginaries (2014), and author of Momentous Mobilities (2018), Envisioning Eden (2010) and numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on mobility and travel. Salazar is secretary-general of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), past president of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and founder of the EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network (AnthroMob). ORCID: 0000-0002-8346-2977. Email:

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