Sensory Theory Workshop: Contemporary & Classical Perspectives
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Sensory Theory Workshop: Contemporary & Classical Perspectives

Sensory Theory Workshop: Contemporary & Classical Perspectives

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Kent School of Architecture

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Sensory Theory, Methodology & Experience: Contemporary & Classical Perspectives

This international workshop explores approaches to sensory studies across disciplinary boundaries in the humanities and social sciences. Bringing together experts from classics, philosophy, sociology, archaeology, history, literature, architecture and the arts, we will examine the usefulness of existing sensory theories for developing innovative approaches to the multi-disciplinary study of historical periods like Graeco-Roman antiquity, where our evidence - both material and literary - is fragmentary and disparate.

In particular, this conference will enhance our understanding of issues central to the field of sensory studies, including the extent to which we can expect to

(1)  Replicate sensory methodologies across disciplines in the Humanities,

(2)  Integrate multi-sensory evidence from material and literary remains,

(3)  Understand how the nature of our surviving material inhibits or distorts our study of the senses, and 

(4)  Legitimately draw conclusions about the suppression or repression of sense modalities in historical periods, and particularly the Graeco-Roman world.

These concerns arise as we attempt both to open the spectrum of interpretative possibilities and to avoid misrepresentation and anachronism that may arise when we sensitize artifacts, texts, rituals and beliefs.



Invited Speakers

Monica Degen (Brunel)

Astrid Swenson (Brunel)

Patricia Baker (Kent)

Ben Jacks (Miami Ohio)

Matthew Nicholls (Reading)

Martin Welton (Queen Mary)  

Helen Slaney (Roehampton)

Robin Skeates (Durham)

Eleanor Betts (OU)

Annette Kern-Stähler (Bern)

Jessica Hughes (OU)

Louise Richardson (York)

Clare Batty (Kentucky)




Workshop Programme

Friday 4 November 2016 

10.00 – 10.30 Registration & Coffee

10.30 – 11.00 Welcome

11.00 – 12.30 Researching Time, Senses and the Urban, Monica Degen & Astrid Swenson 

                                    Respondent: Patricia Baker

 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Atmosphere is to Multisensory Perception as Matter is to Consciousness, Ben Jacks

                                    Respondent: Matthew Nicholls

 15.30 – 16.30 Tea & Coffee

16.30 – 18.00 The Silent Transformations of Rosemary Lee’s Meltdown, Martin Welton

                                    Respondent: Helen Slaney

 18.00 – 18.30 Drinks Reception

19.15 for 19.30 Conference Dinner, Café du Soleil

 

Saturday 5 November 2016

9.30 – 10.00 Welcome Tea & Coffee

10.00 – 11.30 Sensory Archaeology, Robin Skeates

                                    Respondent: Eleanor Betts

 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee & Tea

12.00 - 13.30 Engaging the Historical Archive of Sensation, Annette Kern-Stähler 

                                    Respondent: Jessica Hughes

 13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.00  TBD, Louise Richardson

                                    Respondent: Clare Batty

 16.00 – 16.30 Retrospective


With the generous support of: University of Kent Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies; Faculty of Humanities; School of European Cultures and Languages; Internationalisation Office; Kent School of Architecture



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