Making Sense of Death
Jun
25
12:30 PM12:30

Making Sense of Death

Carrie Ryan (Anthropology) & Alexis Gorby (Archaeology)

Death is universal, but how cultures across time and space understand and experience death is not. Carrie and Alexis explore how ancient and contemporary cultures use the senses to make sense of death.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 27 (Ground Floor).

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Stripping Back to Sharpen the Senses: A Holy Face and a Waterfall Vase
Jun
20
12:30 PM12:30

Stripping Back to Sharpen the Senses: A Holy Face and a Waterfall Vase

Eleanor Townsend (History of Art) & Yayoi Teramoto Kimura (Computational Neuroscience)

Artists can engage our senses by deliberately focusing on an artificial, pared down approach. Eleanor and Yayoi explore such artistic intention through a seventeenth-century painting from Spain, and a twentieth-century vase from Japan.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 46 (Floor 2).

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The Rough and the Refined: Sensing the Luxurious and the Everyday
Jun
18
12:30 PM12:30

The Rough and the Refined: Sensing the Luxurious and the Everyday

Clare Gardom (Classics) & Juanjo García-Granero (Archaeology)

In this talk Clare and Juanjo explore how textual sources and archaeological evidence can differ in how they portray grand and ordinary living, drawing on examples from Classical Egypt and Minoan Crete.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 5 (Floor -1).

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Altered States of Body: The Power of the Senses in Ritual and Revelry
Jun
13
12:30 PM12:30

Altered States of Body: The Power of the Senses in Ritual and Revelry

Hugo Shakeshaft (Classics) & Helena Guzik (History of Art)

From ancient drinking parties to modern pilgrimages, objects have the power to transform us. Hugo and Helena explore how a Greek symposium cup and Indian pilgrim stamps engage the senses to alter the body.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 16 (Ground Floor).

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Sights for Sore Eyes: Reading the Senses in Religious and Cultural Pilgrimage
Jun
11
12:30 PM12:30

Sights for Sore Eyes: Reading the Senses in Religious and Cultural Pilgrimage

Raphaela Rohrhofer (English) & Jasmine Proteau (History)

From the Alfred Jewel and Thomas Becket’s casket to an eighteenth-century carriage clock and the travel guidebook, Raphaela and Jasmine explore the significance of the senses in reading and travelling to centres of culture and spiritual salvation.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 41 (Floor 2).

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The Senses and Disease: A Renaissance Perfume Burner and a Victorian Poisonous Bookcase
Jun
4
12:30 PM12:30

The Senses and Disease: A Renaissance Perfume Burner and a Victorian Poisonous Bookcase

Christy Callaway-Gale (Medieval and Modern Languages) & Amélie Bonney (History of Science)

From Renaissance Italy to Victorian England, join Christy and Amélie to explore how a perfume burner and a toxic bookcase can help us to discover the sensory world of disease.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 56 (Floor 2).

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Sensory Intoxication: Getting Drunk from Oxford to Iran
May
30
12:30 PM12:30

Sensory Intoxication: Getting Drunk from Oxford to Iran

Sian Witherden (English) & Jonathan Lawrence (Oriental Institute)

Between medieval Oxford and modern Iran, Sian and Jonathan will walk you through how drunkenness and intoxication play a big role in the visual culture of the senses and our understandings of how the body interacts with the outside world.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 41 (Floor 2).

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The Rough and the Refined: Sensing the Luxurious and the Everyday
May
28
12:30 PM12:30

The Rough and the Refined: Sensing the Luxurious and the Everyday

Clare Gardom (Classics) & Juanjo García-Granero (Archaeology)

In this talk Clare and Juanjo explore how textual sources and archaeological evidence can differ in how they portray grand and ordinary living, drawing on examples from Classical Egypt and Minoan Crete.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 5 (Floor -1).

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Making Sense of Death
May
23
12:30 PM12:30

Making Sense of Death

Carrie Ryan (Anthropology) & Alexis Gorby (Archaeology)

Death is universal, but how cultures across time and space understand and experience death is not. Carrie and Alexis explore how ancient and contemporary cultures use the senses to make sense of death.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 27 (Ground Floor).

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Stripping Back to Sharpen the Senses: A Holy Face and a Waterfall Vase
May
21
12:30 PM12:30

Stripping Back to Sharpen the Senses: A Holy Face and a Waterfall Vase

Eleanor Townsend (History of Art) & Yayoi Teramoto Kimura (Computational Neuroscience)

Artists can engage our senses by deliberately focusing on an artificial, pared down approach. Eleanor and Yayoi explore such artistic intention through a seventeenth-century painting from Spain, and a twentieth- century vase from Japan.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 46 (Floor 2).

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Sights for Sore Eyes: Reading the Senses in Religious and Cultural Pilgrimage
May
16
12:30 PM12:30

Sights for Sore Eyes: Reading the Senses in Religious and Cultural Pilgrimage

Raphaela Rohrhofer (English) & Jasmine Proteau (History)

From the Alfred Jewel and Thomas Becket’s casket to an eighteenth-century carriage clock and the travel guidebook, Raphaela and Jasmine explore the significance of the senses in reading and travelling to centres of culture and spiritual salvation.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 41 (Floor 2).

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Altered States of Body: The Power of the Senses in Ritual and Revelry
May
14
12:30 PM12:30

Altered States of Body: The Power of the Senses in Ritual and Revelry

Hugo Shakeshaft (Classics) & Helena Guzik (History of Art)

From ancient drinking parties to modern pilgrimages, objects have the power to transform us. Hugo and Helena explore how a Greek symposium cup and Indian pilgrim stamps engage the senses to alter the body.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 16 (Ground Floor).

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Sensory Intoxication: Getting Drunk from Oxford to Iran
May
9
12:30 PM12:30

Sensory Intoxication: Getting Drunk from Oxford to Iran

Sian Witherden (English) & Jonathan Lawrence (Oriental Institute)

Between medieval Oxford and modern Iran, Sian and Jonathan will walk you through how drunkenness and intoxication play a big role in the visual culture of the senses and our understandings of how the body interacts with the outside world.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 41 (Floor 2).

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The Senses and Disease: A Renaissance Perfume Burner and a Victorian Poisonous Bookcase
May
7
12:30 PM12:30

The Senses and Disease: A Renaissance Perfume Burner and a Victorian Poisonous Bookcase

Christy Callaway-Gale (Medieval and Modern Languages) & Amélie Bonney (History of Science)

From Renaissance Italy to Victorian England, join Christy and Amélie to explore how a perfume burner and a toxic bookcase can help us to discover the sensory world of disease.

Free to attend, no booking required. Meet in Gallery 56 (Floor 2).

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