Next April 9th there will be the 2021 edition of the European GeoNight (https://www.<wbr>geonight.net/geonight-2021-<wbr>events-map/) and for this occasion we decided to organize the Geographic Run.
In our intentions, the run was both a way to meet again in person and have fun together, and an occasion to experiment the ‘run as a method’ to practice and reflect on the city from a different perspective. Indeed, the focus on outdoor bodily practices is increasingly seen as a tool to reflect on the inclusiveness, sustainability and healthiness of urban environments. All the same, bodily activities are growingly used as an (auto)ethnographic method for studying cities and how these are lived and experienced by people.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 related restrictions don’t make such a run possible, since Tuscany will be in the red zone on April 9<sup>th</sup>.
Nevertheless, Florence is on the map of GeoNight events, and it would be nice to take part in it, even if in different ways.
Here you can find our alternative and practical proposal, in order to participate in the run in a “safe” way.
1) Go for a run - or any other kind of outdoor activity like walking, skating, rollerblading, cycling... - on April 9th between 4 pm and 21 pm. Remember: individual training and outdoor activities are allowed also in the red zone, but please take in serious consideration covid-related regulations for social distancing.
2) If you want, take a GPS track of your activity (you can use your smartwatch or your smartphone. Several apps allow you to save and share your GPS tracks: Strava, A-GPS tracker, Mytracks are just some examples).
3) Take a picture or make a short video with your smartphone (or even more than one, if you wish). You can capture whatever you like (landscapes, views, selfies, objects, signs,...). The idea is to share what the outdoor activity you’re doing means for you, how it changes your perception of the surrounding environment, and if it leads to new discoveries, practices, perspectives, creative ways of using spaces or objects designed for other scopes and whatever comes to your mind.
4) When you come back home:
o Share with us your picture(s)/video(s) by uploading it on the padlet we created for the event:(https://padlet.com/<wbr>ilariadimantova1/geonight)
Add three keywords and/or a few lines to describe the material you’re sharing. Don’t forget to write your name!
o If you have taken it, send us the GPS track of your activity by mail (to ilaria.dimantova@stud.<wbr>unifi.it).
IMPORTANT: there’s no need to be in Florence to participate. Join from wherever you are!
A map and the collection of our pictures and comments on our experiences will be shared through the GeoNight webpage.
We strongly hope that you take part in this. Please stay safe and have fun!
The official website: (https://www.geonight.net/<wbr>running-the-geonight-together-<wbr>shared-explorations-in-the-<wbr>historical-centre-of-florence-<wbr>running-the-geonight-together-<wbr>esplorazioni-condivise-nel-<wbr>centro-storico-di-firenze/).
The organizing committee: Ilaria Di Mantova, Claudia Corsi, Matteo Puttilli
Ps. In organizing the event, we have clearly been inspired by the growing literature on the ‘run as a method’ in geography, ethnography, and social sciences more in general. If you’re interested in knowing more about the topic and the potential behind running and/in urban studies, here you can find two websites as a reference:
‘ethnography on the run’ blog by Simone Tulumello (https://simonetulumello.<wbr>wordpress.com/);
‘jographies’ by Simon Cook (https://jographies.wordpress.<wbr>com/about/).