Following one's nose: 'smellwalks' through qualitative data

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This Note utilises the idea of ‘smellwalks’ as a novel way of engaging with qualitative data. Based on a larger study of victims-/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, it argues that smelling data – and allowing ourselves to viscerally imagine the odours and scents that the data evoke for us – can foster deeper insights into interviewees’ embodied experiences, in this case embodied experiences of war and armed conflict. Within the data – consisting of 63 semi-structured interviews with victims-/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), Colombia and Uganda – there were frequent references to food and cooking. The Note follows the scent trails within two particular interviews – one from BiH and the other from Colombia.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 Jul 2022

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