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Walking as a Metaphor

COVID Pandemic and the Politics of Mobility

Avishek Ray

extreme mobility—of people, goods, labor, and so forth, what Mimi Sheller and John Urry call the “new mobilities paradigm,” 18 but still largely a privilege. What is most intriguing about this pandemic is that it exposes how, in a political-economic order

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Your “Eyesore,” My History?

People and “Dead” Cars in a Remote Aboriginal Community

Kate Senior, Richard Chenhall, and Daphne Daniels

automobilities more broadly, have become central to disciplines such as sociology and geography. 10 But key areas of future research remain, which particularly focus on what Sheller has termed mobility justice. 11 This new mobilities paradigm poses questions

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On Growing a Journal

A View from the South

Georgine Clarsen

mobilities scholarship as it emerged in the social sciences in the late 1990s early 2000s. The tremendous sense of energy associated with what became known as the “new mobilities paradigm” or the “Mobilities turn” was never, however, narrowly confined to the

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Theorizing Mobility Transitions

An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Cristina Temenos, Anna Nikolaeva, Tim Schwanen, Tim Cresswell, Frans Sengers, Matt Watson, and Mimi Sheller

the new mobilities paradigm to understand transitions, bringing together complexity theory, MLP, and social practice theory. With this discussion, we hope to provide a short yet succinct overview that suggests some approaches to the challenges of

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Mobilities and the Multinatural

A Test Case in India

Thomas Birtchnell

agents they try to talk to and with: transport and urban planners, passengers and commuters, policymakers and engineers, and designers. The mobilities paradigm, in recognizing that there is more in play than just humans, technologies, and societies, is in

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“Text-as-Means” versus “Text-as-End-in-Itself”

Some Reasons Why Literary Scholars Have Been Slow to Hop on the Mobilities Bus

Lynne Pearce

our special issue on “Mobility and the Humanities,” 4 and as I have explored elsewhere since, 5 the explosion of interest in mobilities since the 1990s (which of course includes the naming of the New Mobilities Paradigm [NMP] by Mimi Sheller and John

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Mobile Disasters

Catastrophes in the Age of Manufactured Uncertainty

Steve Matthewman

fertilizer runoff; it is their complex interaction. 15 The potential now exists for globalized disasters. This has been recognized by the new mobilities paradigm (NMP) from the outset. Indeed, the initial editorial in Mobilities foregrounded (global

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Oceanic Travels

Future Voyages for Moving Deep and Wide within the ''New Mobilities Paradigm''

Kimberley Peters and Rachael Squire

The seas and oceans, ships and boats, alongside other maritime activities and practices, have become a focus of work within the “new mobilities paradigm.” However, water worlds much like the space they occupy in the relation to the land remain situated in the margins of such work, despite an oceanic (re)turn in disciplines such as human geography, sociology, anthropology, and politics. Drawing from this recognition, this article seeks to make two contributions. First, following earlier, agenda-setting work, it makes a renewed call for mobilities scholarship to centralize work on oceans, ships, and other forms seagoing travel and life. Second, in doing so, it suggests such work needs to voyage more deeply and widely in the future, exploring mobilities beyond surficial connections and flows across our oceans, and making more expansive the subjects and objects and scales of investigation, under the remit of the “new mobilities paradigm.”

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Georgine Clarsen

Transfers seeks to broaden the geographical, empirical, and theoretical reach of mobilities scholarship. Our editorial team especially aims to foster innovative research from new locales that moves our field beyond the social sciences where the “new mobilities paradigm” was first articulated. Th is journal is part of a growing intellectual project that brings together theoretical developments and research agendas in the humanities and the social sciences. Our ambition is to bring critical mobilities frameworks into closer conversation with the humanities by encouraging empirical collaborations and conceptual transfers across diverse disciplinary fields. Th e articles presented in this special section forward those aims in several ways.

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Beyond Blank Spaces

Five Tracks to Late Nineteenth-Century Beltana

Samia Khatun

From the 1860s, the colonial settlement of Beltana in the northern deserts of South Australia emerged as a transportation hub atop an existing, cosmopolitan center of Aboriginal trade. Viewing a colonial settlement on Kuyani land through a mobilities paradigm, this article examines intersecting settler and Aboriginal trajectories of movement through Beltana, illuminating their complex entanglements. Challenging the imperial myth of emptiness that shaped how Europeans saw the lands they invaded, this article renders visible the multiple imaginative geographies that existed at every colonial settlement. Examining mobility along Kuyani and Wangkangurru tracks alongside British mobilities, this article makes a methodological argument for writing multiaxial histories of settler colonialism.