Welcome to Embodied Values the website for the Sawyer Series at IASH

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'Embodied Values: Bringing the Senses Back to the Environment' was a John E. Sawyer Seminar Series at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh. Beginning with its first seminar in early September 2010, the project ran events until December 2011, when it culminated in an international conference called Sensory Worlds.

The series attempted to develop a wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary reflection on historical, contemporary and possible future relations between the senses, the environments within which they are supported and with which they interact, and value-construction. Throughout, we aimed to explore the contribution that the Humanities can make to environmental thinking and action today.

These webpages provide more information about the series and now provide an archive of at least some elements of the project. Please feel free to browse and come back again soon!

MARCH 2012 UPDATE! Although the Sawyer Senses project is now finished, enquiries may be addressed to:

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
The University of Edinburgh,
Hope Park Square
Edinburgh EH8 9NW
Scotland, UK

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4671


Dr. Rachel Harkness, the Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow for the duration of the project, is no longer at IASH but is contactable at racheljoyharkness@gmail.com.

Documentation of Embodied Values Series Now Available on Archive Page, 'Sensory Worlds' Facebook Group Launched, and Survey Responses Invited

Posted by IASH on 13 March, 2012



Join Sensory Worlds on Facebook:

In order to faciliatate on-going conversations, we've created a 'Sensory Worlds' group, which you can join through Facebook. We opted for Facebook so as to allow for a multi-media forum, attachment-friendly and colourful, that was not only academic. We hope that you'll join-up and start talking and posting.

Survey Launched:

Click here to take survey

Please help us get some feedback on the series - essential for our reporting to funders and the University - but also of interest to us. Fill in our SurveyMonkey questionnaire, and we'll be forever grateful!

Finally, thanks to all who took part in the series. It's been great fun!

Conference Details and Call for Papers Announced

Posted by IASH on 2nd August, 2011

The details of our conference, to be held in Edinburgh from the 7th to the 9th December 2011, are now up on the website and out in the world at large! The conference, called 'Sensory Worlds', will see Keynote speeches from David Abram and Iain Borden, a concert from David Rothenberg, and a variety of different ways in which people can participate in the conference and engage with the topic of the environment, value and the multi-sensory.

For more information, see the Conference page.

Final Seminar Approaches (1st July, 2011)

Posted by IASH on 24th June, 2011

Our final seminar in the series takes place in a week's time! Hope you can join us at the public lecture by Dr. Olga Taxidou on 'Theatricality, Violence and Affect: The Case of the Bacchae'.

For more information, see the Events page.

Conference Dates Announced: 7-9 December 2011

Posted by IASH on December 13, 2010

Clear your diaries, folks! The dates of our conference, provisionally entitled 'Making Sense of the Senses', have now been set for the 7-9th December 2011. More details will very shortly be available on the Conference page.

Web Presence!

Posted by IASH on August 17, 2010

The Sawyer Senses project now has a presence on the world wide web - and you're looking at it! Envisaged as a site for sharing information about the series, we hope it is both useful and informative. Please send any suggestions/comments concerning the website to our contact address above.


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Embodied Values news and announcements can be found to the left of this page. Below are links you can use to navigate to some of the topics this Sawyer series is engaging with.

Topics of Engagement