TED talk Caro Verbeek: Inhaling history and smelling the future

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

http://tedxgroningen.com/caro-verbeek/

CFP: International and Interdisciplinary Conference on the Emotions in Sydney

First International Conference on Contemporary and Historical Approaches to Emotions

Date: 5-6 December 2016
Hosts: The University of Wollongong (UOW) Contemporary Emotions Research Network (CERN), the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), and The Australian Sociological Association Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group (TASA SEA)
Venue: UOW Sydney CBD Campus (Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia)

The conference will bring together researchers working in the area of emotions in contemporary and historical societies from a range of disciplines for the first time, including sociology, philosophy, politics, law, history, literature, creative arts and media. It will showcase cutting-edge research from international experts on approaches to studying emotions from across these fields. We are interested in receiving and papers for presentation in expert panels and general sessions on (but not limited to) the following topics:

Emotions in space and place;
The expression and function of emotions such as shame, anxiety, and anger in contemporary society;
The relationship between emotions, embodiment, and affect;
Emotion management in inter-personal relationships
Methodologies for researching emotions;
The role of emotions in social change;
Emotions in work and professional life;
Emotions and care work
Emotions in the public sphere
Emotions in education
Emotions and law
The philosophy of emotions
The history of emotions
The creative and literary expression of emotions;
Emotions and culture

Please submit a 500-word panel proposal, or a 200 word abstract for an individual paper to cern-admin@uow.edu.au by Friday 1 July 2016. For more information, and for updates about keynote speakers and other conference related information, please visit the CERN events page.

Convened by: Roger Patulny and Sukhmani Khorana (UOW CERN), Andrew Lynch (ARC CHE) and Rebecca Olson and Jordan McKenzie (TASA SEA).

Lectures by Barbara Rosenwein in Utrecht

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)

UCMS Lecture Announcement 3 May UCMS Lecture Announcement 4 May

 

 

Odorama 6: Smell-blind – the Anosmia edition

Mediamatic, Amsterdam
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

Anosmia - Imagine being unable to smell the fresh spring flowers. Image from Mediametic.net.

Anosmia –
Imagine being unable to smell the fresh spring flowers.
Image from Mediametic.net.

Lecture and Workshop Michael Schoenfeld

The Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (Lucas)

presents a guest lecture by

Michael Schoenfeldt

John Knott Professor of English, University of Michigan

on

Lessons from the Body:

Disability, Deformity, and Disease in Shakespeare

Wednesday 6 April, 16.15, Vossius Room, Leiden University Library

All welcome!

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[Book] Silence – essays on culture, power and change

STILTE‘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.