Doing sensory methods: Sensations and everyday elicitations

Doing sensory methods: Sensations and everyday elicitations

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This event offers a practical introduction and develops a critical consideration of sensory methods

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Part of the Creative stream organised by methods@manchester, this event offers a practical introduction and develops a critical consideration of sensory methods. Sensory methods can include a broad range of research strategies. The aim is to explore sensory approaches to research methods, including combining such approaches in conventional and less conventional methods such as interviews, ethnographic research and experimental arrangements, and to understand theoretical and practical considerations for involving sensory methods in research. Participants will become acquainted with sensory methods through practical experience focusing on smells. The course will then involve research presentations on methodological issues, case studies, as well as time for strategic planning of participants’ own project ideas. An after-class cold shower is recommended, but is not essential.

Attendees will need to gather a small selection of products to use during the course. These might be found about the home or can be purchased new. Below is a suggested list. Please try and have the asterisked objects or variations of them at a minimum. You are welcome to add other objects that contain menthol or mint or that you feel are connected to those in the list in the way you use them or what they mean to you. Please be conscious of where you found the products, such as the cupboards at home, family & friends, or the shelves in a shop.

*Muscle rub* e.g. Vick’s vaporub, tiger balms.

*Inhalant* e.g. Olbas oil.

*Cough sweets* e.g. Jakeman’s "menthol & eucalyptus" or Jakeman’s “throat & Chest”, Halls soothers etc.

Menthol chewing gum e.g. Wrigleys Airwaves chewing gum.

Mentholated shower gel e.g. Original Source mint XXXX.

Mentholated toothpastes (general).

Antiseptic toothpaste e.g. Euthymol toothpaste.

Menthol crystals.

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