Workshop: The Other Senses in Literary and Medical Culture

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July 29, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Health and Health Care, Literature, Communication, Intellectual History, Languages, Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology

This workshop investigates the role of multimodal perceptions in communications about the living, human body in medical and literary culture. The overarching aim is to harness interdisciplinary approaches to, and help to reevaluate, the role of sensory interplays in these fields. The initiative is funded by the 'Zukunftskolleg' of the University of Constance, Germany. 

Location: K7, University of Constance, Germany

You are warmly invited to attend the event. (Attendance is free.)



July 29

Introduction: Monika Class (Constance)

Psychiatric Power

Remote Control: Pedagogical, Fictional, Physiological, and Psychological Experiments on Producing Emotions

Nicolas Pethes (Cologne)

Late Foucault and Multimodal Sensory Perception

Neil Vickers (King’s College London)

Psychology, Autism and Sensory Impairment in England 1959-1981

Bonnie Evans (Queen Mary University of London)


Medical Record-taking & Sensory Overload

Narrating Order in Modern Clinical Case Reports

Brian Hurwitz (King’s College London)

More than Seeing. The Interplay of the Senses in the Observationes Genre

Maria Böhmer (Zurich)


July 30

Sensory Interplays of Hearing

The Eye and the Ear as Rivals

Aleida Assmann (Constance)

Imagination and the Transposition of the Senses: Making the Audible Knowable in Auscultation and Percussion

Meegan Kennedy (Florida State University)

Multisensory Exploration

Sensing the Foreign City in Contemporary Mexican Literature

Olivia Vázquez-Medina (Royal Holloway, University of London)

The Problem of Sensory Information in Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland and Edgar Huntly

Emily Petermann (Constance)


Common Sense in a Malodorous Victorian Charitable Institution: A Mid-Victorian Case Report

Ruth Richardson (London)

How the Other Half Smells: Odorphobia in George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier

Silvia Mergenthal (Constance)


July 31

The Dynamics of Literal & Figurative Skin

Sensitive Skins: Didier Anzieu and the Sensory Life of the Body’s Surface

Marc Lafrance (Concordia University)

‘Strength through that Human Contact’: The Figurative Skin of Characters in Victorian Novels

Monika Class (Constance)


Convener: Dr Monika Class

Marie-Curie Research Fellow

Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz

Contact Info: 

Raúl Acosta García