Presentation at DOPE 2022: Sensing heat in the city

Thursday March 24th, 2022

Zosia Bieńkowska and Paloma Yáñez Serrano are going to give a presentation titled “Sensing heat in the city: how to go beyond narratives” tomorrow, March 25th 2022 at the Twelfth Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference “Radical Imaginings & EcoFuturisms”. At the panel “Sensory approaches to landscapes, labor, livelihoods, and lifeworlds”

Drawing on phenomenology and embodiment theory, the presentation studies the intangible bodily and non-bodily relations between humans and heat exploring how the external meteorological factors influence health and everyday social practices. As Edward Casey (1993) argues, place both affords and gains its identity from the interaction between our corporeal selves and the outer social and ecological environment. In that vein, we want to understand how an invisible phenomenon such as heat reshapes both our bodies and its environment, generating heat related responses and interaction and redefine the physical space and constitute a new place.

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