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Further steps into the unknown: walking methodologies as experimentation, experience, and exploration 
Tina Paphitis (University of Bergen)
Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch (Society of Swedish Literature in Finland)
Simon Poole
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Knowledge Production
Thursday 8 June, -, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

Through papers, dérive walking methods and practical activities, this panel + workshop explores the significance of, and experiments with, walking in folklore and ethnology to develop experiential methods and to understand the role of walking in folkloric/ethnological practices and research.

Long Abstract:

Walking is anecdotally and scientifically attested as beneficial for coping with uncertainties of everyday life, and with contemplating epistemological uncertainties. Walking is a ubiquitous motif in folk narratives, often linked with a quest embarked on due to danger or uncertainty in the hero's community or environment, and a major part of other folk practices or performances. This panel + workshop invites reflections and explorations into the significance of walking in/for folklore and ethnology. Contributions might explore how:

• Walking features in folkloric/ethnological practices or early studies;

• Experimental walking methods sensitively, personally and creatively help understand environments, literally and metaphorically opening alternate paths to research and tackling global challenges into the future;

• Walking engenders socialities, or develops Richardson's (2019) 'misanthropelore';

• Walking in digital environments stimulates social connections or real or imagined ecologies.

We also encourage contributions considering the uncertainty that comes with walking as a method, including physical/mental limitations and walking in certain places.

As well as presenting, doing, and discussing innovative methods in folkloristics and ethnology, we also explore walking as a way of dealing with social, political, and environmental uncertainty as researchers, performers and tradition bearers. These sessions of papers, outdoor walking activities, and indoor practical activities/performances theoretically, practically and creatively explore potentials of walking as an experimental method to destabilise, provoke and push boundaries of research, teaching, and knowledge production/sharing in folklore and ethnology.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 3 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -