Sensory authoethnography: surfing approaches for understanding and communicating 'seaspacetimes'

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This chapter illustrates a modest attempt at what might loosely be called a sensory (auto)ethnography that may assist in attunement to thalassography. Sarah Pink describes a sensory autoethnography as 'a reflexive and experiential process through which academic and applied understanding, knowing and knowledge are produced'. The chapter focuses on how an exploration of one's sensory experience, perception, sociality, knowing, knowledge, practice and culture may be informed by sensory autoethnography. Yet sensory accounts of human experiences are typically embedded in the more-than-human terrestrial spacetimes. In the case of the surfed wave, in the case of watery worlds, one need more sophisticated methods of creating sensory accounts of fluid spaces, contemplating how the bodies move through and sense these spaces. Just as the 'surf' 'the surfed wave' and 'the surf session' are co-constructed. Gaining insight from individuals' experiences of the place of the surfed wave also emphasizes the importance of corporeal engagement with the sea.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving with the Sea
Subtitle of host publicationKnowledge, Awareness and Action
EditorsMike Brown, Kimberley Peters
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781351666473
ISBN (Print)9781138062078
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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