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Anja Vujović and Sara Nikolić: Commoning Stimuli: Sensory Approaches to Urban Commons
16 December 2020. 12:00 - 14:00
Through a discussion of the text "Commoning Stimuli: Sensory Approaches to Urban Commons", the authors will point out the importance of the senses, memories, and lifeworlds in the production of social spaces. In the article, they elaborate on two urban phenomena both of which contest the notion of commons and witness its changing nature and possibilities – community space that comprises large housing estates and urban squats. Different by nature – inclusive outdoor communal spaces as opposed to the wary exclusivity of closed squatted buildings - these two phenomena embody the capacity for social engagement, permitting the occurrence of practices of commoning. Considering the dynamic nature of these urban commons, sensory approaches promise a significant contribution to their understanding.
In order to capture the ephemeral quality of urban commons and lived experiences of its wayfarers, the authors rely on sensobiographic walking, sensory mapping, collaborative performing, and object elicitation, using research data collected in Belgrade and Poznań.
Sara Nikolić is a research associate at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory and a doctoral student of ethnology and anthropology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. Relying on the methods of critical and sensory ethnography, she explores the ways and cultures of urban dwelling, as well as the post-transitional relationship towards urban commons and self-management in the New Belgrade blocks.
Anja Vujovic is an ethnologist and anthropologist. Her research interests include visual anthropology, engaged anthropology, as well as the study of sensory experiences that shape and are shaped by the way people organize and conceptualize spaces of living and action.