Call for Papers: Sound, Memory and the Senses, University of Melbourne will be held on 24-25 July 2014 in Melbourne.
The past 20 years has witnessed a turn towards the sensuous, particularly
the aural, as a viable space for critical exploration in History and other
Humanities disciplines. This has been informed by a heightened awareness of
the role that the senses play in shaping modern identity and understanding
of place; and increasingly, how the senses are central to the memory of
past experiences and their representation. The result has been a broadening
of our historical imagination which has previously taken the visual for
granted and ignored the other senses.
We propose a two day conference to debate some of the ongoing issues in
relation to the senses and chart the diversity of the field in Australia.
We encourage engagement with a rich array of sources and methods which
explore the possibilities and limits for the Senses as object of study.
Some of the topics might include:
– The Sound of War
– Sensory Urbanism
– Heritage and locative media
– The politics of the senses: eavesdropping, surveillance
– Smell and the historical environment
– Technology and the Senses
When: 24-25 July 2014
Where: University of Melbourne
Please submit a 200 word synopsis to Paula Hamilton@uts.edu.au by 31st
Dr Paula Hamilton