Making Senses of the Past: Toward a Sensory Archaeology - March 26-27, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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27th Annual Visiting Scholar Conference

Center for Archaeological Investigations

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Making Senses of the Past: 
Toward a Sensory Archaeology

March 26-27, 2010

Sponsored by

Center for Archaeological Investigations

in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education

Conference Description

Human interaction with the surrounding world is mediated through our senses. Yet archaeological interpretation has traditionally been dominated by visual descriptions, thus effectively marginalizing the senses of smell, taste, hearing, and touch as unmeasurable ways of engaging with the world. This has led to a silent, odorless, disembodied, and sense-less past. Recent work, however, has explored alternative ways to make sense of past societies, investigating soundscapes, olfactory and haptic analyses, and somatic memory, as well as other less tangible visual qualities such as shimmer and color.

This conference will bring together researchers who share an interest in such sensory modes of approaching the past and will cross boundaries between chronological periods, geographical regions, and material specializations. Potential themes to be covered at the conference include the presentation of new results of sensory archaeological projects; multisensory and synesthetic aspects of the production and consumption of material culture; the recognition of sensory hierarchies in past societies; embodied practices, including memory; and the dissemination of sensuous pasts in the present.

Click here to read more about sensory archaeology.

Click here for Call for Papers information.

Click here for a Conference Poster (PDF of US printer-compatible version or PDF of European printer-compatible version).

Registration information: to come

Click here for Program

Abstracts: to come

Click here for General Information (including maps, transit and hotel info).

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