Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Sense and Sensation Seminar Series

17 November 2016, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

João Loureiro - Senses

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IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building

'Sense and Sensation' is one of the Institute of Advanced Studies' major research themes for 2016-2017. This seminar series, organised by the two Junior Research Fellows working on the 'Sense and Sensation' research strand, aims to stimulate a dialogue on this rich topic in UCL more generally. These sessions aim to draw together as many researchers as possible whose work contributes to the theme of 'Sense and Sensation', understood in its broadest possible formulation, from across the departments and schools at UCL.

We hope that by conducting a conversation between researchers and academics in this environment we will be able to engender debates outside our traditionally conceived disciplines, forge fruitful inter-disciplinary collaborations and enrich our understanding of how questions of 'Sense and Sensation' shape our knowledge of the world. The seminars' scholarly work will be supported by a welcoming, informal atmosphere in which all are encouraged to share their ideas. All postgraduate students, post-docs and staff are welcome.

The seminars will take place monthly during term-time at 4-6pm on the following Thursdays:

Organisers Dhanveer Singh Brar and Alicia Spencer-Hall will lead an introductory discussion amongst all speakers and attendees, briefly present their work on the IAS 'Sense and Sensation' research strand, and open up conversations as to what the terms 'sense' and 'sensation' mean in specific disciplines, in academia, and in life beyond the academy.

We ask attendees to come to seminar prepared to think through and discuss with us some of the following questions:

  • How do questions of 'sense and sensation' operate in your research and/or practice?
  • Within your discipline(s), how are 'sense and sensation' understood?
  • What impact do you believe an examination of 'sense and sensation' can have within and beyond your discipline(s) and/or practice?

We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 17 November, 4-6pm. Please register here.

  • 15 December 2016
  • 19 January 2017
  • 23 February 2017
  • 16 March 2017
  • 18 May 2017
  • 22 June 2017

Full list of speakers to be confirmed shortly.

The first hour of each session will be given over to a presentation from a single contributor, and in the second we will discuss the ideas put forward more generally.

Each session will take place at the IAS Common Ground (Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building), with tea and coffee provided.

For more information, or if you have access requirements or other queries, please contact: Dhanveer Singh Brar and Alicia Spencer-Hall. We look forward to meeting you at the seminars!

Image credit: João Loureiro - "senses". (Via Flickr; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)