Immersing the senses: wild swimming and multisensory methods

When:
9:30, Thursday 6 May 2021 (30 minutes)
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Charlotte Bates, Cardiff University, UK


This presentation draws on our ongoing, immersive and multisensory ethnography of wild swimming in the UK. Over the last six months our participants – women of all ages who swim in rivers, lakes and seas year-round – have sent us videos, photos, drawings, and audio recordings of spoken words and songs. Through these different modes and methods, they have shared their experiences of swimming in cold waters. In this presentation, we reflect on the challenges and opportunities of doing multisensory ethnography at a distance, and explore what these different engagements can tell us about what wild swimming feels like and what it brings to our lives. In particular, we explore the bodily sensations and emotions that arise from submerging in cold waters: the anticipation, the joy, the fear, the discomfort, and the glow.

Presenter
Cardiff University
Presenter
Cardiff University