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Andrey Vozyanov

Crises in urban electric transport infrastructure of Eastern and Southeastern Europe present not only a fruitful subject for historical, ethnographic, and sociological inquiry, but also contribute to two intersecting knowledge fields. First, to the multidisciplinary constellation of studies dedicated to failures of sociotechnical systems that I will refer to as disaster and crisis studies. And second, to social studies of urban transit in the former Socialist Bloc, a subfield within broader mobility and transport studies. In this text I will review the state of both these fields and then proceed to conceptualize the intersections between them, proposing historical anthropology as an integration tool. In the process I will occasionally refer to my fieldwork in Donbas, Ukraine, from 2011 to 2013, and eastern Romania since 2015.

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Is the Kingdom of Bicycles Rising Again?

Cycling, Gender, and Class in Postsocialist China

Hilda Rømer Christensen

and use of new modes of biking. The analysis is based on social and gendered representations of biking in relevant Chinese newspapers, as well as on fieldwork in Beijing and Shanghai. How are current practices of biking implied in the construction of

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Railway Territorialities

Topology and Infrastructural Politics in Alpine Italy

Mateusz Laszczkowski

research project on the Valsusa railway conflict. In 2014–2015, I carried out thirteen months of ethnographic fieldwork with No TAV activists, sharing their daily lives and political activities. I participated in meetings, action planning, public events

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State of Uncertainty

Educating the First Railroaders in Central Sakha (Yakutiya)

Sigrid Irene Wentzel

When I came to the village of Nizhniy Bestyakh in April 2015 to do fieldwork, I happened to be the only guest at Anya's guesthouse. “What are you doing here?” she asked. “I want to study the railroad development and its effects on the people,” I

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Lucy Baker, Paola Castañeda, Matthew Dalstrom, Ankur Datta, Tanja Joelsson, Mario Jordi-Sánchez, Jennifer Lynn Kelly, and Dhan Zunino Singh

ethnographic fieldwork on domestic medical travel in Argentina. Beginning with an analysis of the medical infrastructure of the country, she discussed how decades of neoliberal policies have centralized pediatric oncology care, creating significant regional

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Christopher Howard and Wendelin Küpers

Auckland, New Zealand, to gain insights on past and future travel experiences. E-mail communication was maintained with these and other participants throughout the research, which as a result continued to evolve beyond the fieldwork period. Fieldwork data

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Nighttime Navigating

Moving a Container Ship through Darkness

Maria Borovnik

and character, similar to land, yet it differs because of its fluidity and “ever shifting” depth and form. 12 Onboard Fieldwork Interview data for this article was collected during a twenty-nine-day voyage on a container ship from December

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On the Trails of Free-Roaming Elephants

Human-Elephant Mobility and History across the Indo-Myanmar Highlands

Paul G. Keil

While conducting ethnographic fieldwork in northeast India in 2014, I attended a small community ritual in the forests of Ri-Bhoi, Meghalaya, on top of a hill used for shifting cultivation. After completing my observations, I descended by a

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Moving Onward?

Secondary Movers on the Fringes of Refugee Mobility in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

Jolien Tegenbos and Karen Büscher

,997 registered inhabitants of an ethnic mix with seventeen nationalities—of which South Sudanese and Somalis comprise the greater majority. 20 During an interview in the first week of fieldwork, the South Sudanese headmaster of a primary school proudly stated

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The Cadences of Rails

Unscheduled Stops in Tōkyō's Spaces of Flow

Robert J. Simpkins

up to alternative uses by those looking for somewhere to communicate, play, or perform. At Kōenji Station in western central Tōkyō, I conducted participant observation fieldwork between 2013 and 2016 with seventy-seven musicians: men and women aged