ACCESS board member Caro Verbeek gave a TED talk on ‘Inhaling history and smelling the future’ at TEDx Groningen. YouTube cannot do justice to the synaesthetic experience of Caro’s presentation, but the video is certainly worth watching!
Verbeek stresses that due to the increase of social and digital media, there is more need than ever to pay attention to direct and intimate – non transferable – qualities of smell. According to Verbeek it is time to take your nose out of your books, and start inhaling the environment as a meaningful source of information and inspiration.
Caro Verbeek is an art and smell historian, curator and author with a focus on modern, olfactory and tactile art. She is currently a PhD candidate at VU University with the project ‘In Search of Scents Lost – Reconstructing the Aromatic Heritage of the Avant-garde’. She teaches the course ‘The Other Senses’ at the Royal Academy of Arts (The Hague) and moderates the monthly ‘Odorama’-platorm at Mediamatic Amsterdam. She curated a show on olfactory art at Villa Rot (Germany) in 2015 and co-curated the Museumnight ‘Ruiken in het Rijks’ (Smelling at the Rijksmuseum) in 2012. She regularly does olfactory interventions at museums and universities worldwide. http://www.caroverbeek.nl
Professor Barbara H. Rosenwein (Loyola University, Chicago) is an internationally renowned historian, who has worked on several important topics, such as monastic property and social relations (resulting in To Be the Neighbor of Saint Peter: The Social Meaning of Cluny’s Property) and the history of immunities in the early Middle Ages (Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe). In addition, she has published widely on the history of emotions (for example Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages and Generations of Feeling), and has published several textbooks on the Middle Ages, including A Short History of the Middle Ages (http://www.rosenweinshorthistory.com/).
We are very pleased to announce that Barbara Rosenwein will visit Utrecht in the first week of May and cordially invite you to the two lectures she will give:
‘Writing a Medieval History Textbook’. Tuesday 3 May, 13.15u-15 u. Location: Utrecht, Drift 21, room 0.32.
‘From “Worrying about Emotions” to Generations of Feeling’. Wednesday 4 May, 15.15 u-17 u. Location: Utrecht, Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal (0.05).
UCMS Lecture Announcement 3 May (PDF)
UCMS Lecture Announcement 4 May (PDF)
7th of april, bites and drinks 18:00, talks 20:00 – 22:00
with Kirsten Jaarsma, Dorien Scheltens and Sanne Boesveldt
Whether derived from nature, or chemically constructed, odourant molecules have the ability to profoundly effect our behaviour, emotions and associations. At Odorama we’ll actively engage with our senses and explore everything that reaches and effects the nose. What happens if you completely lose your sense of smell and become smell-blind? At this edition of Odorama we will discuss the inability to smell.
For more information and tickets: http://www.mediamatic.net/413977/en/smell-blind-anosmia
Imagine being unable to smell the fresh spring flowers.
Image from Mediametic.net.
The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (Lucas)
presents a guest lecture by
John Knott Professor of English, University of Michigan
Lessons from the Body:
Disability, Deformity, and Disease in Shakespeare
Wednesday 6 April, 16.15, Vossius Room, Leiden University Library
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‘Silence’ is trending. Ever more people embrace silence as a way of escaping the pressures of daily life. Yet silence itself is not new; it has a long and sometimes painful history. This book tries to capture the many faces of silence as a historical phenomenon. Dealing with topics such as art, trauma, migration, politics and education it addresses the history, cultural diversity and cultural force of silence.
Pieter Verstraete is a lecturer in Historical Pedagogy in the department of Education, Culture and Society of the University of Louvain. He has authored many books, including In the Shadow of Disability and Verminkte stilte. He was awarded with the Disability History Association Outstanding Book Award for his book The Imperfect Historian.
Josephine Hoegaerts is a postdoctoral researcher in the research group ‘Modernity and Society 1750-2000’ at the University of Louvain and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Her research focuses on the social history of the human voice in Western-Europe.
More information on the book can be found here.