CFP: Materiality and The Senses In The Medieval and Early Modern World, April 14 2023

Keynote Speaker: Dr Carol Williams (Monash University)

This symposium aims to explore materiality and the senses in the medieval and early modern world, looking at the many forms of sensory experiences and their uses. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers from all disciplines including history, literature, art, religion, archaeology, and manuscript studies. We welcome all topics related to the theme of ‘Materiality and the Senses’, broadly conceived. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Material culture and materiality
  • Contemporary understandings of the senses
  • Sensory experiences and uses of the senses, whether singular or in combination
  • Medicine and the senses
  • The senses as mediators of objects, events and places
  • Disabilities and sensory impairment
  • The senses as political tools and their manipulation
  • The gendered experience of materiality and senses
  • Pre-modern theories of materiality and what constitutes a thing
  • Sacred material vs. secular
  • The senses and religious experience

We hope for this event to be hybrid, both live at our Clayton Campus and over zoom.

Please send a short abstract and bio for individual 20-minute papers to by 28th February 2023.