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Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

Editor: Dagmar Schäfer, Max Planck Insitute for the History of Science

Volume 8 / 2018, 3 issues per volume (spring, summer, winter)

Subjects: History, Cultural Studies, Migration

Membership: T2M Member Online Access

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Aims & Scope

Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies is a peer-reviewed journal publishing cutting-edge research on the processes, structures, and consequences of the movement of people, resources, and commodities. Intellectually rigorous, broadly ranging, and conceptually innovative, the journal combines the empiricism of traditional mobility history with more recent methodological approaches from the social sciences and the humanities.

The journal's scholarly articles, book and exhibit reviews, and artwork and photography, as well as special features, provide a rich variety of perspectives that include: analyses of the past and present experiences of vehicle drivers, passengers, pedestrians, migrants, and refugees; accounts of the arrival and transformation of mobility in different nations and locales; and investigations of the kinetic processes of global capital, technology, chemical and biological substances, images, narratives, sounds, and ideas.

Convened around a broad conception of mobility, Transfers provides an interdisciplinary platform to explore the ways in which experiences of mobility have been enabled, shaped and mediated across time and through technological advances


Transfers is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)

Editor: Dagmar Schäfer, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Associate Editors
Georgine Clarsen, University of Wollongong
Peter Merriman, University of Aberystwyth
Stéphanie Ponsavady, Wesleyan University
Mimi Sheller, Drexel University

Reviews Editors
Art: Fernanda Duarte, State University of Minas Gerais
Book Review Editor: Liz Montegary, Stony Brook University
Book Review Adjunct Editors: Matilde Cordoba Azcarate, University of California San Diego; Regine Buschauer, independent scholar; Giuseppina Pellegrino, University of Calabria; M. Luísa Sousa, New University of Lisbon; Frances Steel, University of Wollongong
Museums: Deborah Breen, Boston University; Chia-ling Lai, National Taiwan Normal University
Films: Dorit Müller, Freie Universität Berlin
Editorial Assistant: Gina Grzimek, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Media Editorial Assistant: Fabian Kröger, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne/Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
Publishing consultant: Chris Rawlins

Editorial Board
David Bissell, The Australian National University
Jennifer Bonham, University of Adelaide
Jeroen Cuvelier, Ghent University
Tim Edensor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Guillermo Giucci, State University of Rio de Janeiro
Joshua Grace, University of South Carolina
Har Ye Kan, Harvard University
Peter D. Norton, University of Virginia
Ruth Oldenziel, Eindhoven University of Technology
Bruce Pietrykowski, University of Michigan – Dearborn
Katrien Pype, University of Leuven and University of Birmingham
Noel Salazar, University of Leuven
Gopa Samanta, University of Burdwan, India
Dagmar Schäfer, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Cotten Seiler, Dickinson College
Dorthe Gert Simonsen, Copenhagen University

Advisory Board
Hans-Joachim Braun, Helmut Schmidt Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr, Hamburg
Tim Cresswell, Northeastern University
Vincent Kaufmann, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Dinesh Mohan, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
David Nye, University of South Denmark
Bob Post, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Johan Schot, University of Sussex
John Staudenmaier, University of Mercy
Laurent Tissot, University of Neuchâtel
Frank Uekoetter, University of Birmingham
Rudi Volti, emeritus, Pitzer College
Yuezhi Xiong, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences/Fudan University

Manuscript Submissions

Please review the general submission and style guide carefully before submitting.

Transfers is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that publishes interdisciplinary scholarly works that examine the processes, structures, and consequences of the movement of people, resources, and commodities. It provides a unique forum to explore the ways experiences of mobility have been enabled, shaped, and mediated across time and through technological developments.

The journal provides a rich variety of perspectives and includes scholarly articles, book and exhibit reviews, artwork and photography, and special features. The editorial team welcomes contributions. Submissions should be prepared as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) files and submitted using the journal's online submission system:

Authors must register with the journal on the submission system prior to submitting, or, if already registered, they can simply log in. On registering as an Author, authors have the option of also registering as a Reviewer (to be called upon to undertake peer reviews of other submissions).

Please note that all correspondence will be transmitted via e-mail.

Section Guides:
Mobility and Art Guidelines
Ideas in Motion Guidelines
Book Review Guidelines
Film Review Guidelines
Special Section Guidelines


Have other questions? Please refer to the various Berghahn Info for Authors pages for general information and guidelines including topics such as article usage and permissions for Berghahn journal article authors.

Contact Information

General Editorial Queries
Dagmar Schäfer
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Book Reviews
Liz Montegary
Stony Brook University

Mobility and Art Reviews
Fernanda Duarte
North Carolina State University

Film Reviews
Dorit Müller
Freie Universität Berlin

Museum Reviews
Deborah Breen
Boston University

Chia-ling Lai
National Taiwan Normal University

Ethics Statement

Authors published in Transfers certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions; book, film, art, and museum reviews; and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Transfers ethics statement.


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