Disc02
Making tracks: walking as embodied research methodology [P+R]

Convenors:
Christian Ernsten (Maastricht University)
Nick Shepherd (Aarhus University)
Stream:
Disciplinary and methodological discussions:
Format:
Roundtables
Location:
Aula 17
Start time:
15 April, 2019 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

We are interested in exploring the politics and poetics of walking as a form of embodied research methodology. We are engaged by notions of the trail and the pilgrimage. We are also engaged by the idea of walking as a way of encountering the emergent landscapes of the Anthropocene.

Long abstract:

In this panel and roundtable, we are interested in exploring the politics and poetics of walking as a form of embodied research methodology. Taking points of inspiration from STS, artistic research methods, practice as research, and the debate around decolonial aesthesis, and from disciplinary practices like archaeological field walking, we are interested in what it means for scholars, artists, curators and activists to walk together as a form of research practice. We are engaged by notions of the trail and the pilgrimage, and by the parallels between walking and story-telling or narrative. We are also engaged by the idea of walking as a way of encountering the emergent landscapes of the Anthropocene. What happens when we come out of the white cube of the seminar room? How does walking open out to forms of affective and sensorial research? What new forms of curiosity are aroused by the craft of walking? How does walking as research method cut across disciplinary boundaries and enable new collaborations and visions? How does walking challenge embedded dichotomies between mind and body, reason and emotion? We invite papers from scholars, artists, curators, activists and practitioners of all kinds to join us in this exploration of walking. On the completion fo the conference, we invite you to walk with us to Finisterre.