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)

Sensory Curricula, Syllabi, Etc.

This space is dedicated to advancing the education of the senses. It presents an array of syllabi for courses which touch upon the senses. It also documents a range of techniques for training the senses for research, performance and other purposes – including enjoyment.

SYLLABI

History of the Senses
Santa Clara University
Matthew Newsom Kerr
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Media and Methods: Sound
MIT Open Courseware
John Picker
Link to syllabus (.htm)

Sensory Studies of Science
University of Vienna
Alexandra Supper
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Sense and Sensuality in Indian Religious Literature
University of Southern California
James McHugh
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Exotic Scents: Cross-Cultural Aesthetics of Smell
University of Southern California
James McHugh
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

The Body in Screen Culture
University of Stirling
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Sensory History / The Senses in History
Princeton University
Dr. Emily Thompson
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Anthropology of Vision
Manchester University
Dr. Andrew Irving
Link to Syllabus (.htm)

Sensory Architectures
Manchester University
Dr. Victoria Henshaw
Link to Syllabus (.pdf)

Topics in Philosophy of Mind/ Perceptual Experience 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alex Byrne, Susanna Siegel
Link to syllabus (.htm)

Experiencing Food through the Senses
Boston University, Metropolitan College
Rachel Black
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Exploring Disability through Material Culture
Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta
Patrick Devlieger and Megan Strickfaden
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Religion and the Senses
Department of Religious Studies – University of Colorado at Boulder
Sam Gill and John Thibdeau
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Sensual Religion
Hamilton College
Brent Plate
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Sensational Materialities: Sensory Cultures of Religion in History, Theory, and Method
American Studies – Yale University
Sally M. Promey
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Sense and Sensuality in South Asia.
University of South Carolina – General Education Arts and Letters
James McHugh
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Workshop in Acoustic and Architecture, Federica Goffi
School of Architecture, Carleton University
Link to syllabus (.doc)

Introduction to Anthropology of the Senses, William Hope
Anthropology, Colby College
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Sensory Anthropology, Natasha Myers and Zulfikar Hirji
Anthropology, York University
Link to syllabus (.htm)

Sensory Ethnography, Lisa Stevenson
Anthropology, McGill
Link to syllabus (.htm)

The Anthropology of Sound, Veit Erlmann
Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin
Link to syllabus (.htm)

Sense and Scientific Sensibility, Sophia Roosth
Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brown University
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

The Politics of Sensation, Kennan Ferguson
Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Audiovisuality: The Public Senses, Jonathan Sterne
Communication Studies and Art History, McGill University
Link to syllabus (.htm)

History and the Senses, Keith Erekson
History, University of Texas at El Paso
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Anthropologie sensorielle, Joël Candau
Anthropology and Sociology, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
Link to syllabus (.htm)

Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture, Tim Ingold
Anthropology, University of Aberdeen
Link to syllabus (.doc)

Culture, Embodiment and the Senses, Erica James
Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Link to syllabus (.htm)

Anthropology of Sound, Stefan Helmreich
Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Link to Syllabus (.pdf)

Making Sense, Steve Ferzacca
Anthropology, University of Lethbridge
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Sensory Worlds, Martin F. Manalansan IV
Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Link to syllabus (.doc)

Religion and the Five Senses, S. Brent (Rodriguez) Plate
Religious Studies, Hamilton College
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Musicology in the Flesh: A Sensual Inquiry Into Music, Nina Sun Eidsheim
Musicology, University of California Los Angeles
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Pedagogy of Sound, Annie Jeffery
Educational Technology, Boise State University
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Experiencing and Understanding Food through the Senses, Netta Davis
MLA in Gastronomy, Boston University
Link to syllabus (.doc)

Anthropology of the Senses, Helen Vallianatos
Anthropology, University of Alberta
Link to syllabus (.doc)

Visualizing the Five Senses, Jane Nisselson
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Link to syllabus (.htm)

Later Imperial China: A Sensory History, Carla Nappi
University of British Colombia
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Image Power: Writing from the Senses, Patricia Eakins (fiction writer)
Creative writing workshops
Link to syllabus (.htm)

Sense, Perception and the Mediated Body, Benjamin Griswold
School of Art and Art History, University of Denver
Link to syllabus (.htm)

The Senses in the Museum and Theater: Presentation Theory and Strategies
Frederick John Lamp, Curator of African Art, Yale University Art Gallery
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

Visual Music, Zach Layton
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Link to syllabus (.htm)

The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky
Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
Link to syllabus (.htm)

The Sound of Art, Avigail Manneberg
University of Minnesota
Link to syllabus (.pdf)

SENSORY TRAINING

Theatre of the Senses, R. Murray Schafer
Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University
(documented by David Howes)
Link to site (.htm)

The Senses of the Naturalist, Henry David Thoreau
From Victor Carl Friesen “A Tonic of Wildness” in Empire of the Senses
Link to chapter (.pdf)

TEACHING AND RESEARCH POSITIONS

If you have developed a syllabus for a course in some branch of sensory studies, or you have a sensory training exercise you would like to share, please write to senses@concordia.ca