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Aesthetic perception research conversation

(1 February 2019)

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? This research conversation will take place on Wednesday, 27 February between 12 noon - 3pm in the Birley Room, Hatfield College. Attendance is free but spaces are limited. Please email to register.


  • 12 noon - 12.30pm: Lunch
  • 12.30pm - 12.45pm: Introduction and welcome, Zoë Roth (MLAC)
  • 12.45pm - 1pm: “Can Violent Pasts of Nations be Aesthetically Performed?”, Nayanika Mookherjee (Anthropology)
  • 1pm - 1.15pm: “Historicising the Eye: Norms and Deviations in Taste”, Tom Stammers (History)
  • 1.15pm - 1.30pm: Refreshments
  • 1.30pm - 1.45pm: “Smelling Images, Scenting Race”, Zoë Roth
  • 1.45pm - 2pm: “For the Love of Form: Provocations on the Philosophical Aesthetics of Iris Murdoch”, Claire Mac Cumhaill (Philosophy)
  • 2pm - 3pm: Questions/discussion/round-up

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