“Capitalism and the Senses” is the theme of the Hagley Library’s fall conference, held virtually on November 5 and 6, 2020
The conference explores the sensory history of capitalism—the ways that seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching have shaped, and been shaped by, capitalism over the longue durée and around the world. The sixteen presenters are drawn from institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Papers will be offered in four sessions, two held successively each day from 9 am to 1 pm.
The conference open at 9 am on Thursday, Nov. 5 with the panel Putting the Senses in the History of Capitalism with papers by Ai Hisano (Kyoto University), Sven Kube (Florida International University), Grace Lees-Maffei (University of Hertfordshire), and Ingemar Petersson (Uppsala University). It will be followed at 10:45 with the session Marketing Sensory Experience with Jessica Clark (Brock University), Dan Du (UNC-Charlotte), Megan Elias (Boston University), and Lisa Jacobson (UC- Santa Barbara).
The conference will continue at 9 am on Friday, Nov. 6, with the panel, Beyond the Human with Nicholas Anderman (UC-Berkeley), Kristen Beales (Harvard University), Christopher K. Tong (UMD-Baltimore County), and Nicole Wilkes-Joerger (North Carolina State University). The conference’s final session, Expertise and Measurement, will follow at 10:45 with papers by Leah Samples (University of Pennsylvania), David Sicilia (UMD-College Park), Olatunde Taiwo (Olabisi Onabanjo University), and Ana Maria Ulloa (Universidad de los Andes).
Short presentations will be based on longer essays pre-circulated in advance. Advance registration is required to view the papers and to participate in the conference sessions; there is no fee to register. The full program and registration information is available at: https://www.hagley.org/research/conference/2020-fall-conference.
The conference is organized by Hagley’s Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society. The program committee was composed of Regina Lee Blaszczyk (University of Leeds), Davis Suisman (University of Delaware), and Roger Horowitz (Hagley).