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.
- Cultural Transformations and Mediations Revealed Through Transgenerational Sensobiographies
- Embodied Dialogues: A Transformative Pedagogy of Space, Time, and Identity
- Anthropology of the Senses/Sensory Anthropology: Pre-Theoretical Commitments and Their Consequences
- Sensorial Narrations on Music and Dance: Extrapolating Affect from Sensobiographic Walks
- Analysing the SENSOTRA project: Collaborative Coding
- Sensobiography as a Mobile Search for Relational Knowledge
- Senses On/Of the Move: Mobilities, Place-Making, and the Urban Sensory Commons
- Senso-Mobile and Generational Tactics of Diverse City Spaces
- Wartime Ljubljana and Early Socialist Yugoslavia on the Tip of the Tongue
- City Atmosphere Forming Place Attachment: The Case of Brighton (UK)
- ‘With Some People You Share A Level’: Digitechnological Likenessing in Urban Space
- Immediacies of Mediation: Exploring the Co-Emergence of Media, Environments and Sensory Experiences
- Urban Nature and Digital Media Technologies Entangled: Sensobiographies of Young People in Turku, Finland
- Civic Disobedience and Counter-Cultural Politics: Towards Culture-Historical Sensobiographies
Helmi Järviluoma and Lesley Murray
Part 1: Transforming Knowledge: Methodological Design
Laura Formenti and Silvia Luraschi
Lesley Murray, Henna Volotinen and Jari Ruotsalainen
Part 2: Transforming Cultures: Finding Each Other in Time and Space
Part 3: Mediating transformations
'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