Body08
WORKSHOP: Walking-home. exploring experience and knowledge of place and motion

Convenors:
Ewa Klekot (University of Warsaw)
Dani Schrire (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Discussant:
Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch (Society of Swedish Literature in Finland)
Stream:
Bodies, Affects, Senses, Emotions
Location:
VG 4.106
Start time:
28 March, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

In a "sitting society" (Ingold 2004) like ours, dwelling is often associated with stasis. Our nomadism is one of moving capsules, not bodies. We propose that dwelling encompasses bodily movement. In this panel/workshop we will explore movement in the form of walking as a prerequisite for dwelling.

Long abstract:

Dwelling tends to be associated with stasis and being placebound even though movement is the most common way for us to gather place knowledge and establish relationships with places. Consequently, it has been recognized that "dwelling is accomplished not by residing but by wandering" (Casey 2009). Today, there is a growing research interest in walking both as an everyday practice and as an ethnographic method. In this panel/workshop we aim to explore different facets of dwelling in movement. Hetherington has noted (2003) that "whereas we enter our houses through the front door, we enter our homes through our slippers". Indeed, we will investigate walking as a social practice and a place-making practice, with special focus on the role of multisensory aspects in establishing "home" through movement. What acoustic, olfactory and tactile dimensions associated with our homes are born out of and/or are experienced through walking? How is walking used to communicate belonging? What stories are performed in our patterns of movement? How can we as scholars document the narrativity in bodily practices? The panel consists of 1(-2) sessions of paper presentations and 1(-2) sessions of walk & talk outdoors as well as indoors during which we jointly explore walking habit[at]s. We welcome both traditional paper presentations on theme of walking and dwelling, as well as shorter contributions for the walk & talk in the form of reflections, sharing experiences, proposals for walking explorations etc.