Self, Senses & Emotions

This strand invites papers that historicize selfhood, the emotions and/or sensory experience, taking a social, cultural, scientific/medical, political, or legal perspective.

We welcome submissions that explore the historically and culturally contingent ways in which people have felt, heard, seen, tasted, touched, smelt, and/or expressed their feelings and sensations in the past, and the ways in which such experiences have been interpreted, represented and/or conceptualized.

We also encourage discussion on the advantages and limitations of placing the emphasis on individual or on collective experience, and reflection on the extent to which prevailing interpretative paradigms have shaped, or been shifted by emotional and/or sensory experience in diverse societies, cultures and time periods from the distant past into the current century.

Submissions from postgraduate students are particularly welcome.

Strand Convenors