The name of our journal, Transfers, suggests a wide and even proliferating
number of ways of thinking about movement and researching mobilities. What
is transferred, how, and between whom? As things “cross over,” how are they
changed? And how are contexts changed by that which moves through them?
In this issue, we present a series of articles that indirectly take up the concept
of transfers in different ways. Transfers, they suggest, might be thought
of in terms of circulations, assemblages, entanglements, mobile social practices,
networks of movement, moving onward, migrations, and the choreographies
of bodies within practices of transport. But it also might be conceived
of in terms of more temporal processes: instabilities, transformations, subtly
shifting performances, and changing representations. We welcome this wide
range of understandings of practice and processes of “transference,” as we
might call this kind of conceptual transformation across mobilities. They all
share an emphasis on relationality and the ongoing making of meaning.
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