Department of English

University of Toronto

Constance Classen Lecture “Collecting Our Senses: Seeing, Hearing and Touching in the Museum”

Event date: Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Claude T. Bissell Building (BL) Room 728 (7th floor) 140 St. George Street

By: Dr. Constance Classen

Sponsored by: The Faculty of InformationSupported by the The Archaeology Centre, Department of Anthropology, Department of History of Art/Graduate Department of Art, Department of History, Graduate Union of Student’s of Art, Jackman Humanities Institute, Northrop Frye Centre, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

While museums and art galleries are customarily thought of as places of visual engagement, historical and contemporary practices show that much happens in such sites that escapes the eye. Sensations of touch, of sound, of movement—even of scent and taste—all play a role in the collection experience. Exploring the sensory dynamics of a selection of classic museum pieces and sites will allow us to gain a more full-bodied understanding of this experience, and uncover the social values which underlie our modes of aesthetic perception.

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