Journée d’études : Early Modern Sensory Encounters, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 8-9 juin 2023

Interest in sensory experiences of the past has grown in recent years, with scholars engaging with interdisciplinary and anthropological approaches in order to better understand historical lived experiences. This annual conference explores the visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory and/or olfactory elements of particular experiences across the globe between c.1400 and c.1700.

This year’s conference, ‘Sensory Encounters’, will consider sensory experiences as instances or reflections of cultural exchange and will discuss possible methodologies and approaches to this particular subject.

For further details on the annual conference see:

EMSE is a collaboration between the Open University, Kellogg College, and the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford.

Registration has two options: in person or online



9:00-9:45 Registration and coffee

9:45-10:00 Welcome (Leah Clark and Helen Coffey)

10:00-11.30 Translocation/Translation
Tin Cugelj (University of Bern), ‘“Wunderlich grausams weter”: Multisensoriality of the Tempestuous Early Modern Adriatic Sea’
Faheem Hussain (The Institute of Ismaili Studies), ‘Citrus Fruits: Making Sense of Sensory Encounters in Al-Andalus’
Olena Morenets (University of Zürich), ‘The Smellscapes of Early Modern Travel Writing’

11:30-12:00 Coffee

12:00-13:00 Health/The Body
Nir Eydan (Johns Hopkins University), ‘Sensory Encounters at the Early Modern Francophone Spa Town’
Kate Luce Mulry and Emma Barnes (California State University, Bakersfield), ‘“Sweet and Stinking Scents”: A Sensory History of Reproduction in the Early Modern English Atlantic’

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Travels/Encounters
Jack Dykstra-McCarthy (University of Cambridge), ‘The Power of the Senses in Late-Seventeenth-Century English Encounters with the Ottoman Empire’
Salih Demirtas (Istanbul Technical University), ‘Sensory Experiences of Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Istanbul’
Serra Inan (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich), ‘Between Hospitality and Hostility: Sensory Experiences in the Ottoman Diplomatic Court Protocol during the 17th century’

15:30-16:00 Coffee

16:00-17:30 Making/Reconstruction
Traci Picard (Brown University), ‘Make According to Art: Exploring the Senses in Early Modern Recipe Books’
Christine Walker (Yale-NUS College), ‘Tasting the Caribbean in the Colonial North’
Maria Mendonça (Kenyon College) and Laudan Nooshin (City, University of London), ‘Re-imagining Marginalised Histories: Sounding Domestic Spaces at Ham House’
Conference Dinner, Kellogg College (no gowns required)

FRIDAY, 9 June

10:00-11:00 Imperialism/Power
Gabriela C. Rodríguez Lebrón (University of California at Berkeley), ‘“El bosque dividido en islas pocas, / fragante productor de aquel aroma”: Paganism as an Aroma from Western Antiquity Imagined in the Americas’
Alexandros Hatzikiriakos (I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), ‘The Politics of Water: The Morosini Fountain and Venetian Propaganda in Early Modern Crete’

11:00-11:30 Coffee

11:30-13:00 Impairment/Deception
Barbara Kaminska (Sam Houston State University), ‘Deafness and Muteness in the Early Modern Art Theory’
Marie-Louise Leonard (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), ‘Sensory Challenges in Early Modern Workspaces’
Joanne Allen (American University), ‘“They very often deceived the senses”: Pictorial Illusion and Haptic Proof in Italian Renaissance Intarsia Perspective Panels’

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Gender/Space
Maya Corry (Oxford Brookes University), ‘The Gender of Devotion’
Gillian Hurst (University of Bristol), ‘Clothing and the Senses: Materiality and Spirituality at Syon Abbey’
Julia Rombough (Acadia University), ‘Race, Gender, and Soundscapes in Florentine Institutions’

15:30-16:00 Coffee

16:00-17:30 Making/Materials
François Quiviger (Warburg Institute), ‘Bernard Palissy at the Balet Comique de la Royne (1581)’
Carlo Scapecchi (University of Edinburgh), ‘Re-creating Visual and Tactile Sensory Experiences: Weaving Eastern Mediterranean Carpets in Late Renaissance Florence (1581-1592)’
Moyun Zhou (The University of Hong Kong), ‘Encountering Bronze: The Church of St. Paul’s in the Fortified Macao’

Citer ce billet
Fiammetta Campagnoli (2023, 27 mai). Journée d’études : Early Modern Sensory Encounters, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 8-9 juin 2023. Centre d'Histoire de l'Art de la Renaissance. Consulté le 19 avril 2024, à l’adresse

Fiammetta Campagnoli

Fiammetta Campagnoli est doctorante en histoire de l'art moderne à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches se concentrent sur la perception et sur la réception de la spatialité de l’image mariale au XVe et au XVIe siècle.

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