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History and Senses

Call for Papers

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware


The Hagley Graduate Program at the University of Delaware invites scholars across disciplines to submit proposals for our biennial conference to be held April 20, 2013. We seek submissions which consider the historic role of sensory perception in the human experience—including those that look beyond the Aristotelian conception of the five senses.

In the last few hundred years a wide range of technologies has extended human sensory experiences transforming the ways in which people navigated and engaged with the world. We imagine a conversation that might include but is not limited to the following questions: How have societies constructed the meaning of various senses? How have our sensory experiences been mediated by technology? How and why have specific cultures prioritized certain senses over others? How have human beings utilized animal sensory capabilities? What are the ramifications of the truly novel sensory experience created by sonic warfare, genetic mapping, mass advertising, or industrialized food systems? In what ways does studying the senses clarify the historical tension between epistemological and ontological perceptions?

The Hagley Fellows have been holding biennial conferences since 1989. We welcome proposals by both established scholars and graduate students. Financial assistance for travel may be available for conference presenters. Please send a 300-word abstract and a one-page CV to the Hagley Fellows at hagley.fellows@gmail.com by December 31, 2012.


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