1st Edition

Sensory Transformations Environments, Technologies, Sensobiographies

Edited By Helmi Järviluoma, Lesley Murray Copyright 2023
    300 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers original insights into cultural transformations of the sensory with particular emphasis on environments and technologies, articulating a special moment in the sensory history of urban Europe as people’s relationship with their environment is increasingly shaped through digital technologies.

    It is a much-needed addition to Sensory Studies literature with its firmly grounded empirical and theoretical perspectives. It provides radical and impactful food for thought on sensory engagements with urban environments. After reading the book, the reader will have a profound understanding of the original methodology of sensobiographic walking, as well as transdisciplinary and transgenerational ethnographies in different cultural contexts – in this case three European cities.

    The book is aimed at a large audience of readers. It is equally useful for social and human scientists and students finalizing their MA degrees or working on their doctoral or post-doctoral work, and essential reading for environmental planners, youth workers, city planners and architects, among others.

    1. Cultural Transformations and Mediations Revealed Through Transgenerational Sensobiographies
    2. Helmi Järviluoma and Lesley Murray

      Part 1: Transforming Knowledge: Methodological Design

    3. Embodied Dialogues: A Transformative Pedagogy of Space, Time, and Identity
    4. Laura Formenti and Silvia Luraschi

    5. Anthropology of the Senses/Sensory Anthropology: Pre-Theoretical Commitments and Their Consequences
    6. Blaž Bajič

    7. Sensorial Narrations on Music and Dance: Extrapolating Affect from Sensobiographic Walks
    8. Rajko Muršič

    9. Analysing the SENSOTRA project: Collaborative Coding
    10. Lesley Murray, Henna Volotinen and Jari Ruotsalainen

      Part 2: Transforming Cultures: Finding Each Other in Time and Space

    11. Sensobiography as a Mobile Search for Relational Knowledge
    12. Helmi Järviluoma

    13. Senses On/Of the Move: Mobilities, Place-Making, and the Urban Sensory Commons
    14. Juhana Venäläinen

    15. Senso-Mobile and Generational Tactics of Diverse City Spaces
    16. Lesley Murray

    17. Wartime Ljubljana and Early Socialist Yugoslavia on the Tip of the Tongue
    18. Sandi Abram

    19. City Atmosphere Forming Place Attachment: The Case of Brighton (UK)
    20. Eeva Pärjälä

    21. ‘With Some People You Share A Level’: Digitechnological Likenessing in Urban Space
    22. Sonja Pöllänen

      Part 3: Mediating transformations

    23. Immediacies of Mediation: Exploring the Co-Emergence of Media, Environments and Sensory Experiences
    24. Milla Tiainen

    25. Urban Nature and Digital Media Technologies Entangled: Sensobiographies of Young People in Turku, Finland
    26. Inkeri Aula

    27. Civic Disobedience and Counter-Cultural Politics: Towards Culture-Historical Sensobiographies

    Heikki Uimonen



    Helmi Järviluoma is a Finnish sound, music and cultural scholar and writer. She is Professor Emerita of Cultural Studies at the University of Eastern Finland. As sensory and soundscape ethnographer, Järviluoma has developed the mobile method of sensobiographic walking. Her research and art span the fields of sensory remembering, qualitative methodology (especially regarding gender), environmental cultural studies, sound art and fiction writing. In 2016, she received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council ERC, in order to study Sensory Transformations and Transgenerational Environmental Relationships, 1950–2020 SENSOTRA in the three European cities. Among her 180 publications, co-authored Gender and Qualitative Methods (2003/2010) continues to draw attention. She has written and directed six radio features for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. The Finnish Union of University Professors selected Helmi Järviluoma as professor of the year 2019; 2018 Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, invited her as a member.

    Lesley Murray is Professor of Spatial Sociology at the University of Brighton, UK, where her research centres around the social and cultural aspects of transport and mobilities. She has written extensively on gendered and generational mobilities as well as mobile methodologies. Her publications include Children’s Mobilities: Interdependent, Imagined, Relational (co-author, 2019); Mobile methodologies (co-editor, 2010); Researching mobilities: transdisciplinary encounters (co-editor, 2014); Intergenerational Mobilities: Relationality, age and lifecourse (co-editor, Routledge 2017); and Families in Motion: Space, Time, Materials and Emotion (co-editor, 2019). Her most recent research was as principal investigator on a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project (AH/V013122/1) on the immobilities of gender-based violence in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    'At a time when our relationship with urban environments is increasingly shaped by digital technologies, this book draws on comparative research in three European cities to bring fresh perspectives on people’s multi-sensory experiences of such environments and how these experiences have changed over time. Chapters by established scholars and new voices develop common themes deserving of a broad, interdisciplinary readership. Particularly welcome is the examination of intersections not just between the senses and different types of media, but also between mobility and memory, ageing and generation, natural and built environments. Combining a shared, innovative research methodology with rich theoretical insights, the book offers new ways of understanding the complexities of urban living.'

    Sara Cohen, James and Constance Alsop Chair in Music, University of Liverpool, UK