10 – 11 january 2019
CIUL – Centro de Informação de Lisboa
Organized by DINÂMIA’CET-IUL
With the support of the Centre for Urban and Community Research
The event is free but registration is required
Walking has recently regained importance and visibility as a major element in the construction and experience of urban territories, with urban walking seen as playing a crucial role in helping us understand physical, social and cultural spaces. Walking is central to city life; in fact, despite all the different modes of transport, it is still the most common form of movement across the globe – whether for pleasure, work or survival, for migration, for running errands, or simply to be seen. In all its forms, walking is central to our knowledge of the world and it is only when we learn to walk that a deeper relationship with our surroundings begins.
Walking as a research methodology that tries to make sense of (urban) environments and of the every-day practices of (city) dwellers has also gained currency. Walking enables us to contemplate our bodies in movement and can evoke emotional responses, memories and philosophical considerations. It can lead to questions of existence or reflections on life beyond the every-day in search for ‘truth’. Walking is also a way of observing and being with others, allowing us to better understand the embodied experience of social life. It can take us to new places, stimulating attentiveness that enables us to ask questions and offer new perspectives on places. Walking encourages us to engage with our surroundings with all our senses, evoking new and different ways of knowing.
This symposium explores walking as a research practice, discussing some of the conceptual and practical aspects of walking through a diverse selection of themes and projects that apply walking either as an analytical and methodological tool, an art technique or a performance, or simply as a philosophical study that explores its impact on human life. It aims to demonstrate the importance of walking, not only as the most democratic and simplest form of moving through spaces, but also as a way of positioning oneself in the world and one’s surroundings, in urban or ‘rural’ territories.