chapter  2
16 Pages

Sensory inquiry and affective intensities in walking research

WithStephanie Springgay, Sarah E. Truman

In this chapter, the authors investigate walks that that isolate a particular sense and that use synaesthesia to defamiliarize the ordinary, paying attention to visceral and immanent encounters of walking in urban space. Crucial to examinations of walking research is a focus on critical sensory studies that interrogate the ways that walking and the senses produce gendered, racialized, and classed bodies. Furthermore, the authors take up various scholars' articulations of hapticality. This is extended through their discussion of different affect theories, in particular the authors address recent scholarship on 'affecting subjectivities', where intersectionality works with affective understandings of race, sexuality, gender, disability, and additional forms of difference. They argue that 'feelings futurity' in walking methodologies requires that sensory inquiry, haptic modulations, and affective tonalities ask questions about 'what matters'. In walking research, hapticality attends to tactile qualities such as pressure, weight, temperature, and texture.