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Graduate Workshop with Dr. Constance Classen and Dr. David Howes

October 19 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Friday, October 19, 2018
12:00–2:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building (JH)
Room JHB1040 (JHI seminar room)
170 St. George Street

Registration opens in September 2018
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Sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Institute

Supported by the Department of AnthropologyDepartment of HistoryFaculty of Information, and Northrop Frye Centre

Constance Classen is a cultural historian specializing in the History of the Senses. Her most recent works are The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch (University of Illinois Press 2012), and Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society (Routledge 2013), co-authored with David Howes. She is also the general editor of the six-volume Cultural History of the Senses set (Bloomsbury 2014). Her earlier works include The Color of Angels: Cosmology, Gender and the Aesthetic Imagination (Routledge, 1998), Worlds of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and across Cultures (Routledge, 1993), and Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell (Routledge, 1994), co-authored with David Howes and Anthony Synnott.

Dr. Classen has worked as a research fellow at Harvard University and the University of Toronto. She has also been a visiting fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture where she investigated the sensory dynamics of the Gothic Revival movement. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology at McGill University where she is exploring connections between historical multisensory aesthetic practices and current developments in multimedia art. Dr Classen’s work has been featured in popular and academic media such as The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, CBC Radio “Ideas,” and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

David Howes is Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Centre for Sensory Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. He is also the Director of the ConcordiaCentre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC) and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law, McGill University.

Beginning in 1990, David has conducted field research on the cultural life of the senses in Papua New Guinea, Northwestern Argentina, and the Southwestern United States. His research projects over the past 10 years have ranged from exploring the sensory life of things in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford to investigating historic and contemporary trends in multisensory marketing in the USA and Canada (in collaboration with Bianca Grohmann of the Department of Marketing) and from examining judicial constructions of “culture” to designing performative sensory environments (together with Chris Salter of the Department of Design Art). He is currently directing a project entitled “Law and the Regulation of the Senses: Explorations in Sensori-Legal Studies.”

David is the editor of, among other works, The Varieties of Sensory Experience(Toronto, 1991), Cross-Cultural Consumption (Routledge, 1996), Empire of the Senses(Berg, 2004) and A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age, 1920-2000(Bloomsbury, 2014). He is the co-author (with Constance Classen and Anthony Synnott) of Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell (Routledge, 1994), and (also with ConstanceClassen) Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society(Routledge, 2013). He is also the author of Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory (Michigan, 2003).

David is the general editor of the Sensory Formations series from Berg and the new Sensory Studies series from Bloomsbury,as well as a founding editor of the journal The Senses and Society.  He also curates a number of websites, including


October 19
8:00 am - 10:00 am


Jackman Humanities Institute, Room 1040 (Seminar Room)
170 St George St 10th floor
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada

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