Sensory studies arises at the conjuncture (and within) the fields of anthropology • sociology • history • archeology • geography • communications • religion • philosophy • literature • art history • museology • film • mixed media • performance • phenomenology • disability • aesthetics • architecture • urbanism • design

Sensory Studies can also be divided along sensory lines into, for example, visual culture, auditory culture (or sound studies), smell culture, taste culture and the culture of touch, not to mention the sixth sense (however it might be defined)

Of Related Interest

This space will contain a vast miscellany of lists and links which take you to sites of related interest. For example, there will be an index of theses in sensory studies; there will be a list of research teams, centres, labs and institutes; there will be links to breaking stories about the senses; and much more.


Sensory Think Kit


International Network for Neuroaesthetics

International Association of Empirical Aesthetics

Virtual Laboratory, Max Planck, Berlin, DE

Understanding the Senses Project, University of Glasgow, UK

Thought and Sense Project, Oslo, NOR

Rethinking the Senses Project

Project on the Nature of Taste, New York Institute of Philosophy, NY, USA

Eye’s Mind Project, Exeter, UK

Empirical Visual Aesthetics Lab, Vienna, AT

d_verse Research Lab

CogHumanities: Cognitive Futures in the Humanities

Centre for Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, US

AHRC Aesthetics Project, Nottingham and Leeds, UK

Timescapes of Urban Change, Brunel University, UK

Sensory Cities Network, Museum of London, CCCB Barcelona, City Museum Cologne

Aesthetic Enquiry across Disciplines, University of Manchester, UK

Sensory Studies in Antiquity Network, online

Citizen Sense, Goldsmiths University, London, UK

Rethinking the Senses, AHRC Science in Culture, UK

Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, York University

ISA Thematic Group on Senses and Society, International Sociological Association

Sense of Smell, Communication and Multimedia Design (CMD), Breda, AVANS University

MILSON: Pour une anthropologie des milieux sonores, Paris, France

International Visual Literacy Association, International

Cambridge Russian Sensory History, Cambridge University

Nottingham Sensory Studies Network, University of Nottingham

Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience, University of Glasgow

Bodies in Movement: The Blog, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Light Research, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

Touch and Well-Being Research, University College London

Sound Studies Lab, University of Copenhagen

Display Cult, Toronto, ON

Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies, Amsterdam, NL

Smell and the City, University of Manchester

Sensate, e-journal, Harvard University

Sensory Stories Project, Humanities Research Centre, University of York

Crossmodal Research Laboratory, University of Oxford

Sensory Ethnography Lab, Harvard University

Centre for Sensory Studies, Concordia University

CenSes : Centre for the Study of the Senses, University of London

Language and Cognition Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands

The Sense Lab, Concordia University

Cultures Sensibles, groupe de contact FNRS/Universite de Liege

Megaprojects New Media, University of Western Ontario

Project on the Nature of Taste, New York Institute of Philosophy

The Network for Sensory Research, University of Toronto, International Ambiences Network

CRESSON, Centre de Recherche Sur L’Espace Sonore et L’Environnement Urbain

Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale University


Emilie Baltz, technologist, artist & experience designer

Angelika Bock, research-creation

Fiona Candy, artist

Janaina Baxevani, Sensory Graphic Design

Loris Gréaud, artist

Racoco productions, artists

Ricardo Huisman, sound image artist

Isabelle Choiniere, artist

Sensory Sites, artists

O+A (Bruce Odland and Same Auinger), artists

Shichong Li and The Candy Cloud Cyclone Chamber, art, design

Frank Vodvarka, artist, designer

Janine Antoni, artist

Olafur Eliasson, artist

Diller + Scofidio, interdisciplinary design studio

Laurie Anderson, artist

Granular Synthesis, immersive art

Char Davies, virtual reality artist

Lundahl & Seitl, transdisciplinary artists

Louise Ann Wilson, performance maker, scenographer and director

WildWorks, art led theatre company

dreamthinkspeak, site-responsive works

Sensory Maps (Kate Maclean)

Gwenn-Aël Lynn, Chicago, IL

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Germany and Canada

Multisensory Design, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland

Laboratory for Immersive ArtScience, platform for synesthetic media and sound spatialization

e-sense, building novel sensory augmentation devices

Portable Palace (Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand)

Aftelier Perfumes (Mandy Aftel) (Doug Fitch and Mimi Oka)

Rosalyn Driscoll, sculpture and touch

Davide Tidoni, sound space research

The Wooden Lightbox (Alex MacKenzie)

Wearable Absence

Spectral Sensorium (:::TeZ:::)

Sensorium, Annual Conference, Slovakia


Journal of Sonic Studies

Sensory Maps

Eco: on blindness and the arts

Bibliography: Synesthesia in Art and Science

Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale University

Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog

Synesthesia Resource Center

The Sixth Sense Abcderium

Art Beyond Sight



Philpapers – Perception