A1 Journal article (refereed)
Embracing water, healing pine : touch-walking and transcorporeal worldings (2023)

Nätynki, M., Kinnunen, T., & Kolehmainen, M. (2023). Embracing water, healing pine : touch-walking and transcorporeal worldings. Senses and Society, 18(3), 299-316. https://doi.org/10.1080/17458927.2023.2180864

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editorsNätynki, Maria; Kinnunen, Taina; Kolehmainen, Marjo

Journal or seriesSenses and Society



Publication year2023

Publication date07/03/2023


Issue number3

Pages range299-316


Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/86064


This article considers touch as an embodied worlding practice in the context of humans intentionally seeking tactile trans-species contact. In particular, it examines three co-researchers’ tactile relations with tree(s) and water which were explored by “touch-walking,” an immersive method developed for this study. The method opened possibilities for examining transcorporeal sensory matterings and affective flows between the researcher’s body, co-researchers’ bodies and more-than-human bodies. This experimental micro-research brings knowledge about how people form deeply meaningful relationships with natural bodies, making worlds by cherishing tactile contact with them. Theoretically, we “posthumanize” touch by bringing insights from cultural touch and skin studies, feminist new materialisms and affect theory. We propose that our co-researchers’ specific companionships entail multilayered, more-than-human intimacies. The co-becomings fostered by tactile and sensual more-than-human intimacies are affective, material, and psychic. The study inspired us to propose that rethinking ways of engaging with matter through touch may advance alternative environmental ethics and necessitates the development of further multisensory research methodologies.

Keywordstouchbodilinessclosenessinteractionenvironmental ethicsexperiences (knowledge)senses

Free keywordstouch; worlding; touch-walking method; transcorporeality; more-than-human; natural bodies; affect; intimacy

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

Preliminary JUFO rating1

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