Rails in the City: Representing Urban Mobility

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Steven D. Spalding/Christopher Newport University
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Essays are sought for an upcoming special issue on the topic of trains and railway mobility in urban cultures. This issue of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies explores the relationship between railway mobility and urban cultures by giving particular emphasis to its representation in art, literature and film. Interdisciplinary and transnational in scope, submissions on this topic may deal with any part of the history of that relationship, from the advent of rail mobility in the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and in any national or transnational context. The rise of Mobility Studies as a prominent scholarly discipline in recent years raises the opportunity for just this kind of exciting new interdisciplinary work. Transfers, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal, publishes scholarship on mobilities past, present and future that combines perspectives from history, urbanism and urban planning, cultural studies, literature, geography and other fields. By bringing original approaches and perspectives to bear on the "Rails in the City" this special issue of Transfers seeks to broaden understanding of the processes of cultural production in the city and their close link to the discursive valences of urban railways.
Proposals should be sent in by December 15 to Steven Spalding (steven.spalding@cnu.edu). Please send an abstract of about 500 words and a short CV / biographical information, including your position, research areas, and recent publications. We will get back to you by late-December. The later articles should have a length of 7000 words (including notes and works cited) and must be finalized by August 31st, 2012.