, and book reviews. Now the inter- and multidisciplinary field of mobility studies has come into its own with some seven dedicated journals and several book series under a variety of imprints. We have seen the creation of Cosmobilities and various other
Transfers and Transformations
Georgine Clarsen, Peter Merriman, and Mimi Sheller
Some Reasons Why Literary Scholars Have Been Slow to Hop on the Mobilities Bus
of disciplines, as have many of the touchstone literary/cultural studies of Modernism such as Stephen Kern's The Culture of Time and Space: 1880–1918 first published in 1983. 8 Told this way, the story of mobilities studies is silently infused by
Italian mobility history studies have seen remarkable developments since this journal published a first report on the topic in 2009.1 A review of main trends in Italian mobility studies since then reveals innovative developments opening new fields of investigation, with uneven but altogether appealing results, achieved not only by academic researchers but also by enthusiasts and journalists. Three themes are particularly discernible: mobility history and collective identity, denunciation of deficient transport system management, and a renewed attention
to business history.
Since its inception, this journal has been at the leading edge of publishing research that rethinks mobilities from a humanities perspective. We learned much in the process. A plenary panel held at the T2M conference in Drexel University in September 2014 reflected on the experiences of our editorial team and announced our plans to organize our future work through a number of broad portfolios. Each invites/dares our contributors to take our thinking into new territory.
Gijs Mom and Pet Norton
With the publication of this yearbook, we celebrate two jubilees: the yearbook itself appears in its fifth edition, enabled by an association just entering its third lustrum. Where do we stand in 2013, as a community of scholars and other persons interested in the study of mobility? How did we, as a community, evolve? What developments did we experience during the past ten years to reach our current standpoint?
Mobility requires waiting, especially in intermodal transportation systems. People must wait in airports, stations, and vehicles; at bus stops; in queues at registration desks and luggage checks; at boarding; and elsewhere. Waiting is part of the public transportation routine. As Ohmori and Harata report, an average commute time for train commuters in Tokyo is sixty-nine minutes.
Conceptual work on the history of mobilities has been devoid of animation other than humans and their machines. The deafening automobility of the present has drowned out memories of an “animal past” teleologically, and the raucous rapidity of the mobile machine drives over the “animal present.” This article is an attempt to explore what a history of mobility that takes animals seriously might look like. It is based on the argument that living nonhuman creatures have their own mobilities and that these animobilities have shaped and been shaped by human societies. It is intended to open up historical narratives of a complex, shifting, nonlinear relationship between animals and changing human technologies of transport—as part of this journal's mission to rethink mobility and include more subaltern approaches. A key finding is that mobility's negative sociopolitical and environmental effects on different groups, in fact species, are inversely correlated to their proximity to power. This article touches on several research trajectories, but the focus is on control of mobility by the state, with case studies drawn from southern Africa's history.
Transfers as Interdisciplinary Site
wreaks its havoc and authoritarian leaders amass their suicide cults in Brasilia, Moscow, Budapest, Beijing, and Washington. What themes will we, interdisciplinary scholars of mobility studies, foreground in our analyses of mobility in this dire time
A Critical Perspective
those with a disability, yet disability tends to be ignored or inadequately dealt with in mobility studies. This article suggests that one way to address this asymmetry is for mobility theorists to do more to give prominence to and acknowledge the
A Decade of New Mobility Studies through the Lens of Transmodality, Transnationalism, and Transdisciplinarity
field and willing to take risks (and senior enough not to be too harassed by constraints of time and work obligations!). At that very moment, luck struck: my European Research Council grant application aiming at developing an Asian mobility studies