Call for Papers! AHA Symposium

Beyond Sight: Art and the Senses

April 14 and 15, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bronwen Wilson, Professor of Art History at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has recently written about Italian artistic experiments with physiognomy, zoology, and sensation for her book The Face of Uncertainty as well as the recreation of temporal experience in her current study “Inscription and the Horizon in Early Modern Mediterranean Travel Imagery”.

The University of Oregon Art History Association and Department of the History of Art and Architecture solicits papers for its 12th Annual Student Research Symposium: “Beyond Sight: Art and the Senses” on April 14-15, 2016. This conference invites a discussion across temporal and geographic areas of study about how art and architecture can engage, manipulate, and even disable one’s sensory reactions. In the field of art history, research on the multisensory qualities of architecture, art, and visual culture has given rise to new theories about how the different and entangled senses interact with art and architecture. Since sensory art and architecture are studied in a variety of fields, “Beyond Sight” invites students across academic disciplines to contribute papers.

Potential Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Five senses: hearing, taste, smell, sight, touch
  • Non-traditional senses: temperature, pain, balance
  • Synesthesia
  • Sense depravation
  • Multisensory engagement
  • Soundscapes
  • Modes of seeing
  • Multimedia works and multisensory art exhibits
  • Performance art and the senses
  • Art education/therapy
  • Neuroscience and embodied sensation

For consideration, please submit a 250-300 word abstract and curriculum vitae as PDF attachments to uosymposium@gmail.com by February 5, 2016. All applicants will be notified by February 19, 2016 and the full paper will be due no later than March 31, 2016. We look forward to your submissions.

Department of the History of Art and Architecture

5229 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403; Phone (541) 346-3675; Fax (541) 346-3636


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