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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

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A Research Conversation on Aesthetic Perception

27th February 2019, 12:00 to 16:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College

This research conversation explores methodological approaches to the study of aesthetic perception and aesthetics across literary and visual culture studies, anthropology, history, and philosophy. What role do the senses play in shaping our understanding of the past? What is the relationship between aesthetic perception and the recognition of race, gender, and other forms of difference? How can we historicize ephemeral experiences and sensations? And what is the relationship between the form and the content of intellectual inquiry?

12-12.30: Lunch

12.30-12.45: Introduction and welcome, Zoë Roth (MLAC)

12.45-13.00: “Historicising the Eye: Norms and Deviations in Taste”, Tom Stammers (History)

13.00-13.15: “Smelling Images, Scenting Race”, Zoë Roth

13.15-13.30: Refreshments

13.30-13.45: “For the Love of Form: Provocations on the Philosophical Aesthetics of Iris Murdoch”, Claire Mac Cumhaill (Philosophy)

13.45-3.00: Questions/discussion/round-up

There is no charge for this event. To register, please contact Eris Williams Reed at no later than Thursday 21st February 2019.

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