Exploring the Senses Seminar by Seminar

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Series Structure

The seminars explored each of the traditional Western senses in turn, focusing on the sense in question and its particular relation to the environment.

Each bi-monthly seminar involved a day-long meeting that was discursive, detailed and participatory in nature. Visiting scholars/practitioners presented papers for discussion that described their current research/practice on the topic. (See below for links to their own webpages.) Interdisciplinary, interrogative and exploratory in tone, each seminar included an opportunity for all the participants to explore the sense in question through a practical, or experiential, session, and each was concluded by an evening public lecture by a scholar of international standing.

Dates of Seminars

  • Hearing/Sound 7-8th September 2010
  • Savouring/Taste 12th November 2010
  • Scenting/Smell 28th January 2011
  • Seeing/Vision 1st April 2011
  • Touching/Touch 20th May 2011
  • Senses in Motion 1st July 2011

Participation, Post-Dec.2011

Unfortunately the series came to an end March 2012. However, please feel free to listen to/see recordings of some of the events, and to browse the documentation and weblinks that we have collected on this website (see Archive, Conference, Events and Links Pages).

You can also join in ongoing discussions on the topics of the Embodied Values series at the Sensory Worlds Facebook Group. (Search 'Sensory Worlds' within Facebook.) All welcome!

Finally, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh remains a permanent feature in the Edinburgh landscape. Please see its website for information of ongoing IASH events. Particularly of interest may be the Institute's commitment to the Environmental Humanities and its research theme on The Human and the Environment.

The Senses in Motion

A Green Backwater

1st July 2011

Exploring emotion, performance and the senses in and of movement.

 

Programme:
 

9am

Arrivals at IASH (Coffee and Tea Available)

9.30am-10am

Welcome & Introductions

9.30-10.15am

Paper 1 & Discussion Eleni Bizas
‘Kinaesthesia and Learning: Some Socio-Cultural Considerations’

10.15-11am

Coffee/Tea Break

11-11.30am

Paper 2 & Discussion Hayden Lorimer
'Surfaces and Slopes: Running into the World'

12.15- 1.30pm

Lunch Break

1.30-2.30pm

Paper 3 & Discussion Wallace Heim
'About nature: moving the audience - bodies, emotions and theatre - when nature is not there. Two examples: Requiem for Electronic Moa and Unravelling the Carbon Web'

2.30-3pm

Coffee/Tea Break

3-4pm

Experiential Session Sue Hawksley
'haptic_dance'

4pm-4.45pm

Concluding Discussion

Break

5.30-7pm

Public Lecture by Olga Taxidou
‘Theatricality, Violence and Affect: The Case of the Bacchae’

Free tickets available via http://edinburgh-university-54-eorg.eventbrite.com/

 

Touch/Touching

A Green Backwater

20 May 2011

 
 
 
 
 
Programme:

9am

Arrivals at IASH (Coffee and Tea Available)

9.30– 10.00am

Introduction to Seminar from IASH Director, Professor Susan Manning and Introductions from Participants

10 – 11am

Paper 1.
Placing the touching, feeling, moving body
Dr. Mark Paterson
Human Geography, University of Exeter

11-11.30am

Coffee/Tea Break

11.30am– 12.30pm

Paper 2.
A stone that fits right in the hand:
tactile memory, the abduction of agency and the uncanny presence of the past

Dr. John Harries
Anthropology/IASH, University of Edinburgh

12.30– 1.30pm

Lunch

1.30-2.30pm

Paper 3.
Touch, Experience and Interaction
Prof. Peter Wright
Culture Lab and School of Computing, University of Newcastle

2.30-3pm

Coffee/Tea Break

3-4.45pm

Practical Session at Inspace, Facilitated by Mariza Dima, Knowledge Exchange Associate, Department of Architecture, Edinburgh

& Closing Discussion

Break

6-7.15pm

A Public Lecture by Prof. Steven Connor, Birkbeck College, London, with Q&A to follow. At The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.

Intact

Professor Connor will consider the highly ambivalent feelings and values associated with the idea of untouchable things, whether pristine or profane.

Places at this lecture MUST BE SEPARATELY RESERVED, via the Fruitmarket Gallery: please call 0131 226 8181 or email bookshop@fruitmarket.co.uk

 

Seeing/Sight

A Green Backwater

1 April 2011

 

 
 
Programme:

9-9.30am

Arrivals at IASH (Coffee and Tea Available)

9.30-10.15am

Introduction to Seminar from IASH Director, Professor Susan Manning

and Introductions from Participants

10.15-11.15am

Paper 1.
‘My job is to draw what I see, not what I know’:  Turner, Ruskin and the Landscapes of the Mind
Dr. Carmen Casaliggi, Lecturer in English, School of Education, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)

& Discussion

11.15-11.45am

Coffee/Tea Break

11.45am-12.45pm

Paper 2.
Apertures of Memory, Referents of Nomenclature: Visual Impairment, Aesthetics & the Sighted Imagination
Dr. David Feeney, Manager of Visual Impairment Scotland, Scottish Sensory Centre

& Discussion

12.45- 1.45pm

Lunch Break

1.45-2.45pm

Paper 3.
Ecology in Sight: Species Nova [To See Anew]
Dr. David Haley, Senior Research Fellow, Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD), Manchester Metropolitan University

& Discussion

2.45-3.15pm

Coffee/Tea Break

3.15-5pm

Practical Session

Environmental Artists Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion will present their short film Source and then lead a discussion on visual perception and the environment.

Break

5.30- 7pm

Public Lecture by Prof. Kate Soper, London Metropolitan University and Brighton University.

Seeing is Caring?: Aesthetic Perception, Environmental Concern and Cultural Renewal

 

Scenting/Smell

A Green Backwater

28th January 2011

 

Programme:

9-9.30am

Arrivals and Coffee

9.30-10.15am

Introduction to Seminar and Introductions from Participants

10.15-11.15am

Paper 1 & Discussion (Dr. Mark Jenner, Department of History, Univerity of York)
Follow Your Nose? Smell, Smelling and their Histories

11.15-11.45am

Coffee Break

11.45am- 12.45pm

Paper 2 & Discussion (Dr. Louise Richardson , Philosophy, Christ Church College, Oxford University)
Philosophical Perspectives on Olfactory Experience

12.45- 1.45pm

Lunch

1.45-2.45pm

Paper 3 & Discussion (Dr. Ben Campkin, UCL Urban Laboratory and Bartlett School of Architecture)
Bedbugs and the Modern City: An Olfactory History

2.45-3.15pm

Coffee Break

3.15-5pm

Practical Smelling Session

Scent Meditations, developed by Dr. Jennifer Rhind, Napier University, Edinburgh and Stella Hargraves, and led by Stella Hargraves, Complementary Health Practitioner

Followed by Closing Discussion

5-5.30pm

Break

5.30-7pm

Public Lecture by Professor David Howes, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
at Inspace, 1 Crichton St.

Smellscapes: Exploring the Role of Odour in the Constitution of Selves and Environments

 

Savouring/Taste

A Green Backwater

12 November 2010

 

Programme:

9am

Arrivals and Coffee

9.15-10am

Introduction to Seminar and Introductions from Participants

10-11am

Paper 1 & Discussion (Prof. Chris Woolgar, University of Southampton)
The Everyday Experience of Taste: Tasting and Consuming Food in Late Medieval England.

11-11.20am

Coffee Break

11.20am- 12.20pm

Paper 2 & Discussion (Dr. Christian Coff, University College Sjaelland, Denmark)
Taste as Relation.

12.20-12.15pm

Presentation from Mike Small, of the local-eating campaign The Fife Diet.

12.40- 1.30pm

Lunch

(Organic, local and seasonal; produced by Pinkertons Catererers of Edinburgh)

1.30- 1.50pm

Post-lunch discussion with Mike Small.

2-3pm

Paper 3 & Discussion (Prof. Barry Smith, School of Advanced Study, University of London)
Matters of Taste

3-3.20pm

Coffee Break

3.20-5pm

Discussion

5pm+

Wine reception and close. (Public lecture cancelled due to travel disruptions.)

 

Hearing/Sound

A Green Backwater

7 - 8 September 2010

 

Programme:

Tuesday 7 September

6-7.30pm

Public Lecture by Paul Carter, Deakin University, Australia
An Auditorium for Echoes: inventing sound places and the ethics of recollection

Wednesday 8 September

9am

Welcome & Coffee

9.30-10.15am

Paper 1 & Discussion (Michael Bull, University of Sussex)
Sound Connections in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

10.15-11am

Paper 2 & Discussion (Lennard Davis, University of Chicago at Illinois)
The Sounds of Silence: Between Sign, Sign Language, and Hearing.

11-11.30am

Coffee/Tea Break

11.30am-12.15pm

Paper 3 & Discussion (David Rothenberg, New Jersey Institute of Technology)
The Music in Nature

12.15- 1.30pm

Lunch Break

1.30-3pm

Presentations and Sounds (Michael Gallagher and Jonathan Prior, University of Edinburgh)
Incidental Environmental Drones and Emerging Directions for Soundwalks

3-3.30pm

Coffee/Tea Break

3.50-5pm

Roundtable Discussion (Led by Andrew Whitehouse, University of Aberdeen )

Break

6.30-7.30pm

Light Dinner

7.30-8.45pm

David Rothenberg in Concert