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Joshua Grace

Mobility is often mentioned in African history, but rarely is it examined to its full analytical potential. This is unfortunate, in part because in the 1960s the first generation of African historians considered cultures of mobility a means of challenging stereotypes of African backwardness and simplicity. Jan Vansina, for example, used mobility to uncover “complexity” and “efficiency” in African political history—a stated goal of early Africanist historians working to debunk colonial stereotypes—and to challenge the structural-functionalist lens through which colonials and outsiders had understood African identities and social systems. In the following decades, mobility was critical to several aspects of African history—including slavery, women’s history, labor migration, and urbanization. Yet the makings of a recognizable field of African mobility have not emerged until recently.

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Somy Kim

stereotypes, humor, and satire as a “weapon of reason,” beg a viewer to question the ability of this satire to indeed critique established norms and institutionalized discrimination. When we laugh at Sam’s group of black friends harassing a lone movie

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Florian Krobb and Dorit Müller

communicable level and, concurrently, the “voice of the Other” might become obscured beneath genre conventions, stereotypes, and fantasies. 15 Conversely, narratives of travel often function as an occasion for the incorporation of the strange and unknown into

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Mariana C. Françozo

predictable stereotypes (an unnecessarily loud jaguar roaring in the Brazilian jungle), these are represented in three small and rather informative galleries depicting the life encountered by migrants in Argentina, Brazil, and the United States. At the end of

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Autonomous Driving and the Transformation of Car Cultures

Jutta Weber and Fabian Kröger

self-driving cars still function as prostheses of male identity? Could autonomous automobility even degender the driver? Or will hegemonic masculinity merely be reconfigured in future mobility cultures? As history teaches us, gender stereotypes are

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Johannes Görbert, Russ Pottle, Jeff Morrison, Pramod K. Nayar, Dirk Göttsche, Lacy Marschalk, Dorit Müller, Angela Fowler, Rebecca Mills, and Kevin Mitchell Mercer

prisoners of war in Europe, to fiction, travel writing, and film about Africa, along with a substantial introduction highlighting the continuing political impact of colonial stereotypes and racist representations. Though it does not rewrite the story, the

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Dhan Zunino Singh

-passenger colectivo (three women and three men). The author thoroughly describes the bodies of three female passengers, matching the stereotype of the modern female worker (the Esthercita ). Although smart, their clothes are similar; even “the quality of the rouge

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Ambivalent Mobilities in the Pacific

“Savagery” and “Civilization” in the Australian Interwar Imaginary

Nicholas Halter

considered an activity of self-improvement), while the latter drew on popular fictional tales and stereotypes. These middlebrow concerns were often expressed in the distinction between the “tourist” and the “traveler.” As John Urry, Dean McCannell, and James

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Is the Kingdom of Bicycles Rising Again?

Cycling, Gender, and Class in Postsocialist China

Hilda Rømer Christensen

masculinity and pleasure. In this stereotyped framework, women become constructed as practicing a rational femininity as opposed, or even as a threat, to this type of male sociality and pleasure. 22 The following analysis will show how bikes interpellate

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Media Ecologies of Autonomous Automobility

Gendered and Racial Dimensions of Future Concept Cars

Julia M. Hildebrand and Mimi Sheller

taking, are highlighted when the female protagonist is in the vehicle, confirming gendered notions of communicating being feminine. 44 While Hiro’s stereotypical masculinity was briefly threatened in the exposure of his prolonged gaze on Yume, he has the