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Type: Paper
Paper Title: BODYING FORTH: SENSORY EXPERIENCES OF WALKING MARSEILLE'S FLUX
Author: M NELL QUEST (Rutgers University)   
Date/Time: Thu., 8:45 AM
Co-Author(s): M NELL QUEST (Rutgers University) 
Abstract: In the port city of Marseille, France, the movement of people, goods, and ideas across land- and seascapes has long been a central organizational feature of sociocultural and political economic life. Within anthropology, in recent years circulation has emerged as a conceptual framework that attends to the prevalence and centrality of movements, whether of ideas, goods, people, or practices. Yet theoretically, it remains challenging to represent and analyze some movements without presenting other aspects of life falsely as fixed, unchanging backgrounds. Methodologically, it remains difficult to access movements through time and space, and constantly shifting engagements with social and material worlds, without resorting to oversimplified notions of social position and bounded subjects. Too often, ethnographers allow linguistic descriptions of movement to stand in for people's felt experiences of their material, moving bodies. This paper addresses some of these challenges by analyzing senses-based participatory walking tours conducted in the context of an intensive 'renewal' effort to reorganize Marseille's urban landscape. I ask how, in a time of intensive change in the material environment, the daily, embodied movements of local populations becomes a site for rethinking movement and place as categories of analysis. I interrogate the utility of ethnographic walking tours as a means for accessing everyday, mobile sensory experiences that help form people's understandings of their social and political worlds. I also ask how to represent movement in texts that, once published, are necessarily linguistically fixed. In doing so, I engage with theoretical literatures in phenomenology, materiality, the senses, and emplacement.

Program Number: 2-0215
Session Title: MOVING BODIES, BEING SUBJECTS: ETHNOGRAPHIC, ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL APPROACHES TO MOBILITY
Session Sponsor: Co-Sponsored by Archaeology Division and Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Thu., 8:00 AM-11:45 AM
Organizer(s): MAUREEN MARSHALL (University of Chicago), MICHELLE LELIEVRE (University of Chicago) 
Chair(s): MAUREEN MARSHALL (University of Chicago)  
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