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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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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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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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Introduction

Precarious Connections: On the Promise and Menace of Railroad Projects

Peter Schweitzer and Olga Povoroznyuk

time of the author's fieldwork. At the center of attention here are not future passengers waiting for the train but students of a technical college—the railroad college—who are getting educated for jobs that do not exist yet. The state of uncertainty

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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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Multilocality and the Politics of Space in Protracted Exile

The Case of a Palestinian Refugee Camp in the West Bank

Dorota Woroniecka-Krzyzanowska

This article employs the concept of multilocality to analyze the politics of space under the condition of protracted encampment. Rather than adopting a common synchronic approach to how refugees relate to space, the theoretical lens of multilocality grasps the diachronic dimension of protracted camps understood as places that encompass multiple attachments across time and space: the remembered and imagined places of origin, sites of residence in exile, and future geographies of hope or anticipation. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in al-Am’ari, a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank, I analyze multilocality as a political practice whereby local residents and organizations nurture the refugee identity of their communities, resist the permanence of protracted exile, and manifest the necessity for political change.

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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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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