Walking Methodologies in a More-than-Human World: WalkingLab

Walking Methodologies in a More-than-Human World: WalkingLab, co-authored by WalkingLab’s Stephanie Springgay and Sarah E. Truman  is out January 2018!

Here’s the book blurb:

As a research methodology, walking has a diverse and extensive history in the social sciences and humanities, underscoring its value for conducting research that is situated, relational, and material. Building on the importance of place, sensory inquiry, embodiment, and rhythm within walking research, this book offers four new concepts for walking methodologies that are accountable to an ethics and politics of the more-than-human: Land and geos, affect, transmaterial and movement. The book carefully considers the more-than-human dimensions of walking methodologies by engaging with feminist new materialisms, posthumanisms, affect theory, trans and queer theory, Indigenous theories, and critical race and disability scholarship. These more-than-human theories rub frictionally against the history of walking scholarship and offer crucial insights into the potential of walking as a qualitative research methodology in a more-than-human world. Theoretically innovative the book is grounded in examples of walking research by WalkingLab, an international research network on walking (www.walkinglab.org).

The book is rich in scope, engaging with a wide range of walking methods and forms including: long walks on hiking trails, geological walks, sensory walks, sonic art walks, processions, orienteering races, protest and activist walks, walking tours, dérives, peripatetic mapping, school-based walking projects, and propositional walks. The chapters draw on WalkingLab’s research-creation events to examine walking in relation to settler colonialism, affective labour, transspecies, participation, racial geographies and counter-cartographies, youth literacy, environmental education, and collaborative writing. The book outlines how more-than-human theories can influence and shape walking methodologies and provokes a critical mode of walking-with that engenders solidarity, accountability, and response-ability.

This volume will appeal to graduate students, artists, and academics and researchers who are interested in Education, Cultural Studies, Queer Studies, Affect Studies, Geography, Anthropology, and (Post)Qualitative Research Methods.

Table of Contents:

Forward: Patricia Clough and Bibi Calderaro

Introduction: Walking Methodologies in a More-than-Human world

Chapter One: Walking-with place through geological forces and Land-centred knowledges

Chapter Two: Sensory inquiry and affective intensities in walking research

Chapter Three: Transmaterial walking methodologies: Affective labour and a sonic walk

Chapter Four: An immanent account of movement in walking methodologies: Re-thinking participation beyond a logic of inclusion

Chapter Five: On the need for methods beyond proceduralism: Speculative middles, (in)tensions, and response-ability in research

Chapter Six: ‘To the landless’: Walking as counter cartographies and anarchiving practices

Chapter Seven: Reflective inversions and narrative cartographies: Disrupting outcomes based models of walking in schools

Chapter Eight: A walking-writing practice: Queer the Trail