CFP: NGM 2017 Walking Through Urban Geographies

Walking Through Urban Geographies

Paper session at Nordic Geographers Meeting 18–21 June 2017, Stockholm, Sweden

Tauri Tuvikene (Centre for Landscape and Culture, Tallinn University)
Sam Merrill (Department of Sociology, Umeå University)

Discussant: Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University)

This session explores the ways in which the act of walking in cities can provide avenues for studying different geographical topics: from memory and identity construction, to neighbourhood transformation, urban legal governance and inequalities in mobilities and beyond. It will build on the large number of geographical studies that have already investigated walking, and which hint towards the emergence of a field of ‘walking studies’, by framing walking more as a departure point than a destination. The suggestion here is that walking, although regularly present in the purview of all sorts of urban geographers, remains for many of them a peripheral issue. Thus this session aims to encourage scholars to pay more attention to walking, not only in order to study the understudied — that is, the act of walking itself — but also in order to give rise to new perambulatory connections and through them new understandings of urban social life. In other words, given the pre-existing scholarly interest in walking, can we now use this particular socio-spatial practice as a means to think (or walk) through and theorise a wider variety of different geographical themes? To answer these questions we are looking for papers that bring walking studies into dialogue with other – often more established – fields of geographical enquiry by involving an array of academics for whom walking has either been a central or peripheral concern.

We are particularly interested in receiving paper abstracts that deal with themes such as, but not necessarily limited to:

● The ways in which walking can serve as a method in urban geography and social research more broadly.
● Walking’s methodological and thematic interface with issues of urban memory, heritage and archaeology.
● The relationship between walking and histories of urban governing and the manner and degree to which walking has been and is governed.
● The different uses of walking as a form of protest and its intersection with notions of freedom.
● How social, economical, political and other inequalities are deepened, manifested and represented by walking?
● The temporalities, spatialities and materialities of walking

Please send abstracts of 250 words to and by 15 December (please adhere to the instructions below).

The session is currently planned as a ‘classical’ paper session but if you have alternative ways by which you would like to present, please let us know.

More information about the conference:

Instructions for abstract submission by conference organisers:

Paper abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to the session convener/s. Abstracts should have a maximum length of 250 words, in plain text, and be saved in Word format. Please adhere to the following format:
● Name of the session
● Title of the paper (lowercase letters)
● Author’s name and e-mail
● Author’s institutional affiliation
● Body of the paper abstract

The selection of papers will be made by the session convener/s.

Paper authors will be notified by 15 January 2016 and accepted abstracts will be published on the conference webpage.

Yujie Zhu