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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Centre for Visual Arts & Culture Research Conversation: “Aesthetic Perception”

27th February 2019, 12:00 to 15:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College

You’re warmly invited to CVAC’s upcoming research conversation, “Aesthetic Perception” which will take place on Wednesday, February 27, from 12-3 in the Birley Room, Hatfield College. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free but please register no later than February 21 be emailing

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: “Can Violent Pasts of Nations be Aesthetically Performed?”, Nayanika Mookherjee (Anthropology)

13.00-13.15: “Historicising the Eye: Norms and Deviations in Taste”, Tom Stammers (History)

13.15-13.30: Refreshments

13.30-13.45: “Smelling Images, Scenting Race”, Zoë Roth

13.45-2.00: “For the Love of Form: Provocations on the Philosophical Aesthetics of Iris Murdoch”, Claire Mac Cumhaill (Philosophy)

2.00-3.00: Questions/discussion/round-up