Brief Course Description

Walking is a “natural” activity, but it embodies multiple cultural values, and is a site for study of social and aesthetic discourses. This course explores the ethics and aesthetics of a range of pedestrian activities in two areas of the world known for their distinctive walking experiences: Spain and Morocco. As we walk in various locales and terrains, we will investigate the walking body’s internal dynamics and consider walking as pilgrimage, transportation, meditation, political exercise, choreography, and performance. Some prominent course themes include walking and the environment, walking and health, the limitation and risks of walking, access and accessibility, and the aesthetics of the everyday. We will engage with literary works, performances, and performance documentation as primary texts. Throughout the course we will read, write, talk with one another, and venture into various walking excursions and activities. Sites will include large, medium, and small cities, as well as surrounding landscapes.