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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Sensory anthropology and new urban commons


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 30 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 3.131

The panel will address experience of constant changes in urban environment and inducement of embodied sensorial memories by walking. Could walking ethnography, such as the method of sensobiographic walk developed by Helmi Järviluoma, provide new approaches for studying public life and experienced shifts in urban environments? The increased mobility both of people and of things, such as the everyday mobile technology, is changing our environments and the experience of place. This panel asks, how are personal memories maintained sensorially in changed or new environments. We are looking for approaches to how can different senses be considered in anthropological research of experiencing temporal change in local environments. Mobile digital devices also mediate significantly the ways of relating with the environment through fast sharing of photos and video clips in social media, or following route tips and map applications. Can sensorial approach provide better understanding of changing and technology-saturated spaces? The social aspects of technically mediated relationship with the surrounding (urban) space calls for novel anthropological insights, especially in terms of continuous production of common experience, generation, after generation, accumulating new urban commons. We invite papers based on sensorial-ethnographic approaches related to urban anthropological research, experiential understanding of the public, old and new commons, experience of space and place, technological mediation of the environment, and mobile research methods that explore some form of moving through space. The session articulates methodological perspectives developed as part of a ERC funded project 'Sensory Transformations and Transgenerational Environmental Relationships in Europe, 1950–2020: SENSOTRA' (grant no. 694893).


  • P 60.1
    • Dr. Mursic, Rajko (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Dept. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology)
    • Dr. Aula, Inkeri (University of Eastern Finland)
  • P 60.2
    • Dr. Mursic, Rajko (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Dept. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology)
    • Dr. Aula, Inkeri (University of Eastern Finland)

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Urban environment is a diverse and dynamic one, made up of multiple places, policies and activities. Over time, different actors and societal forces shaped it, using novel practices and creating new spaces, trajectories and experiences. It is precisely experiences which value we want to emphasize – the importance of senses, memories and life-worlds in production of social space. This paper ela ... More
Presented by Sara NIKOLIĆ on 30/8/2019 at 11:40
The subject of my paper will be particular kind of soundscapes, the listening to which needs electronic mobile devices and takes place (in most cases) in motion. These recordings, although they have a different character, from audio document to musical composition, are combined by their imaginary character. At the center of my reflections, I put listening to: sound compositions described as sounds ... More
Presented by Dr. Agata STANISZ on 30/8/2019 at 11:00
In Mexico City, where over 22-million people live in a single urban mass, struggle against their marginality, and compete to be heard, public life is loud, cacophonous, and disorienting. Hip Hop artists, however, find pleasure in this deafening experience. As mostly pedestrian commuters, they dedicate themselves to exploring the city and confronting its dangerous roadways. For the past two decades ... More
Presented by Ruben CAMPOS on 30/8/2019 at 11:20
Various approaches to analyzing public space of the African cities has been a subject of heated discussions among African studies’ scholars, together with a general shift in urban studies of the global south. In my paper I am discussing the use of public space during a specific time-bound period of Ramadan and it’s multifold sensorial characteristics. My research is in principal oriented ... More
Presented by Marta RUDNICKA on 30/8/2019 at 12:00
The triennial Ecology and Art (1980–2005) was national and later international artistic event. It was set in Maribor important industrial city in Yugoslavia that has latter decayed in the economic and political transition. From its beginnings the art event presented progressive visual art practices that were not only critically engaging in addressing ecological issues, yet they presented current ... More
Presented by Meta KORDIŠ on 30/8/2019 at 14:45
In this abstract, I reflect on walking as ethnographic method and research I have conducted in Tirana. Referring to practice that I carried with an architect, I describe how my/our psychogeographical walk was accompanied by a series of other investigations pertaining to theoretical and practical frameworks that allowed us to dig deeper in relation to the urban historical development. Our w ... More
Presented by Arba BEKTESHI on 30/8/2019 at 14:25
During the Soviet era, there has been a number of cities in Lithuania like Alytus where the social and economic development strongly depended on growth of industrial companies. After regaining independence in 1990, Lithuania experienced a series of political and economic changes which discontinued the growth of the cities and transformed the image of cities especially of their industrial areas. ... More
Presented by Ausra TELEISE on 30/8/2019 at 14:05
The paper will discuss urban paths and dialogues acquired by sensobiographic walk in relation to public life and urban environments. It will discuss centrality of the city centre in paths chosen by walking pairs in sensobiographic walking. Specific walking methodology used as the trigger of sensual memories induces various narratives that transcend boundaries of individual, public and imagined e ... More
Presented by Dr. Rajko MURŠIČ on 30/8/2019 at 13:45
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