EMSE 2023: Early Modern Sensory Encounters
8-9 June 2023, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
The University of Oxford and the Open University invite papers for our annual interdisciplinary Early Modern Sensory Experiences (EMSE) conference.
Interest in sensory experiences of the past has grown in recent years, with scholars engaging with both interdisciplinary and anthropological approaches in order to better understand historical lived experiences. This annual conference explores the visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory and/or olfactory elements of particular experiences across the globe between c.1400 and c.1700.
This year’s conference, ‘Sensory Encounters’, welcomes papers that consider sensory experiences as instances or reflections of cultural exchange and which discuss possible methodologies and approaches to this particular subject. Papers may engage with the following themes, amongst others:
Papers are invited from scholars working in any discipline, including musicology, art history, cultural and/or social history, religious studies, and book history, on any geographic region between c.1400 and c.1700.
While we understand that scholars may naturally place emphasis on a particular sense or source as a reflection of their own disciplinary background, we encourage speakers to work across senses, sources and disciplines.
Speakers are encouraged to present work in progress and/or address methodological challenges faced in their research.
The conference will take place at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, on 8-9 June 2023.
This will be a face-to-face conference. Speakers should therefore ensure that they can attend in person.
Please note that we will not be able to cover travel or accommodation costs for speakers.