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Gijs Mom, Georgine Clarsen, Liz Millward, Dorit Müller, Mimi Sheller, and Heike Weber

The fluidity of modernity has surely reached the outskirts of the earth when even the new Pope Franciscus admonishes his cardinals that “our life is a journey and when we stop there is something wrong. […] If one does not walk, one gets stuck.” The current economic crisis has enhanced the fear of congestion and the interruption of flows: the circulation of capital in the first instance, but also of people and stuff, and of ideas and knowledge. It is time to rethink mobility.

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Introduction

Understanding Mobilities in a Dangerous World

Gail Adams-Hutcheson, Holly Thorpe, and Catharine Coleborne

caused millions of refugees to travel long distances in search of a safe place to call “home.” The Syrian refugee crisis in particular has ignited the fear of the figure of the refugee and the impact of their mobilities on host nations. 1 Politically

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Ten Years of Transfers

Mobility Studies and Social Change during a Pandemic

Mimi Sheller

, various contributors to that issue took note of the affects and “vibrations” of sickness, fear, or extreme tiredness, reminding us of the sensations and feelings of the moving body, but also foreshadowing the anxieties of illness entering our bodies. 5 In

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State of Uncertainty

Educating the First Railroaders in Central Sakha (Yakutiya)

Sigrid Irene Wentzel

a priority for the Russian government. 5 However, this development has triggered fears that precious taiga 6 forest environments and rural ways of life could be destroyed. These continuing fears are informed by the difficult center

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Black Moves

Moments in the History of African-American Masculine Mobilities

Tim Cresswell

admiration (particularly in sports) but more often they undergird a sense of prevailing fear among white onlookers. These ideas, or reconfigured versions of them, reoccur in the cases that follow. The vignettes of black moves that are presented here are not

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Walking as a Metaphor

COVID Pandemic and the Politics of Mobility

Avishek Ray

, Uttar Pradesh in North India in late March, health workers apparently used a hose to spray disinfectant on them “amid fears [that] their exodus is spreading the virus.” 19 The “cleansing” of the migrant workers foregrounds the incongruity in the

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Pandemic Drones

Promises and Perils

Julia M. Hildebrand and Stephanie Sodero

include studying lived experiences with pandemic drones and collected data, following drones and their operators; governmental, commercial, and scientific applications; as well as understanding the anxiety and fear, enthusiasm, and entertainment that

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Place Making in Transit

Literary Interventions at the Airport and in the Underground

Emma Eldelin and Andreas Nyblom

of the London Underground, oscillating “between notions of fear and myth, modernity and avant-gardism, community and security, and the everyday and mundane.” 34 Notably, Augé himself does not seem to consider the underground a typical non-place; his

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On Growing a Journal

A View from the South

Georgine Clarsen

deal of scholarly research was being produced under its umbrella, it also showed signs of fragmenting and “melting into air.” Some of that critique came from non-Indigenous colleagues who feared that settler colonial studies created a monolithic edifice

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(Re)Constructing the Baikal-Amur Mainline

Continuity and Change of (Post)Socialist Infrastructure

Olga Povoroznyuk

and played out. For example, nostalgia, mistrust, fear, and anger juxtaposed with joy, pride, enthusiasm, and hope have been leitmotifs of postsocialist memory narratives and the politics of emotions in Eastern Europe. 23 The term postsocialist