Fostering conversations (and even better, interdisciplinary collaborations)
between mobility historians and media historians is a high priority for this
journal. Three years ago in Transfers 3, no. 1 (spring 2013), Dorit Müller and
Heike Weber, as editors of this journal and guest editors of a Special Section
on Media and Mobility, made a plea to study “the intense correlations between
media and transport technologies,” which had been fatefully split at
the end of the nineteenth century. On that occasion, we also announced a
“portfolio” on Media and Mobility (for more details, see this journal’s website),
which was designed to stimulate the writing and publication of such
crossover scholarship. We wait in hope for a courageous and curious historian
who ventures an analysis of the car as a medium of communication, to name
just one possible example.
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