Amélie Bonney is a D.Phil candidate in the history of science, medicine and technology at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the construction of expert knowledge on toxic colours in France and Britain between 1830 and 1914. She is particularly interested in examining how objects from museum collections containing toxic dyes and pigments can help us to gain a better understanding of the risks the production process entailed, and how artists and artisans learned to manage those risks.
Christy is a doctoral candidate in the faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford studying the play-element in contemporary Chilean poetry. Her thesis is specifically a response to Marcelo Rioseco’s study of Chilean ludic poetry, and aims to broaden out studies of the ludic in Chilean poetry both geographically, to include neo-avant-garde poets writing in exile, and temporally, to include poets writing up to the present day. She is particularly interested in the relationship between this poetry’s ludic form and the media used to disseminate it; and the tensions that arise when attempting to read this Chilean poetry through traditional, Western theories of play, which are often beholden to a neo-colonial mindset.
Juanjo is a post-doctoral researcher at Oxford's School of Archaeology. He is specialised in the analysis of microscopic plant remains (starch grains and phytoliths) and is deeply interested in exploring what people ate in prehistoric times. His current research focuses mostly on South Asia and the Aegean, but he has conducted research in archaeological settings worldwide, including the semi-arid tropics, Scandinavia, the Amazon rainforest and the Mediterranean basin.
Clare is a doctoral candidate in Ancient History at the University of Oxford. Her research concerns early Christian understandings of the relationship between the senses and salvation. In particular, she is exploring Clement of Alexandria’s attitude to sensory experience and how this fits into the contexts of the second sophistic, early Christianity and Alexandria’s trading role in the Roman empire.
Alexis Gorby is a doctoral candidate in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the interplay between religion and social status in late antique funerary art. In her dissertation, she analyzes a group of late antique sarcophagi from known contexts, along with their spatial, architectural, and decorative surroundings. Through this, she examines how audiences would have experienced the object to gain insight into the non-religious functions of late antique sarcophagi.
Helena is a doctoral candidate in the History of Art Department at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation research concerns the material culture of pilgrimage and court culture in early modern Italy, with a particular focus on how pilgrimage influenced Este family patronage during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She is increasingly interested in the sensory aspects of pilgrimage, and is co-organiser of the "Pilgrimage and the Senses" conference, taking place at Oxford on 7 June 2019.
Jonny is a first year DPhil student in the Oriental Studies faculty. His research explores the connection between the senses, the body and the production of emotion in texts of Arabic love theory in the fourteenth century, with a particular focus on the way that characters' bodies and senses are represented as expressing love and having love expressed on them.
Jasmine is a second-year DPhil student working on a project which explores 19th century travel guidebooks written and read by British and North American women with a focus on travel to Italy. Her work examines travel, culture, women and gender, education, and the history of the book. Jasmine also holds a BA Honours in History and French, an MA in History, and a Masters of Museum Studies.
Raphaela Rohrhofer is a medievalist (literature, manuscript studies, art history) at the English Department of the University of Oxford. She is interested in apophatic theology, aporia, and silence, as well as the connections between the visual and the verbal in medieval manuscripts and culture. In her DPhil dissertation, she researches the interaction of love and dread (apophatic, cataphatic) in late-medieval contemplative texts in Middle English and Latin in England and the ways in which the negotiation of these two poles advances sapiential understanding.
Carrie is a Research Fellow at Oxford's Institute of Population Ageing and is investigating the impact of social prescription on elder loneliness. She was recently awarded her DPhil in Social Anthropology at Oxford University, titled 'Risk and Care in Aging America,' which investigates social care for the elderly, especially how ritual, play and friendship contribute to elders' wellbeing. She also teaches anthropology at Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University.
Her research interests include social care for the elderly, the social life of population ageing, and inequalities in ageing and dying.
Hugo is a postdoctoral fellow in Classics at Christ Church college. His doctoral research investigates ancient Greek ideas of beauty and how they relate to Greek attitudes to the gods and forms of divine worship. He is currently working on a new research project exploring the role of the senses in ancient Greek religion.
Yayoi Teramoto Kimura
Yayoi is finishing her DPhil in Computational Neuroscience studying how the parts of the brain that process tactile information develop. She is incredibly excited to be part of Talking Sense, because she loves museums, she studies the senses, and loves a good conversation.
Eleanor Townsend is a DPhil researcher in the department of History of Art at the University of Oxford. She is interested in the role of images in the late medieval English parish church, and is writing a thesis about the Tree of Jesse reredos at St Cuthbert’s church, Wells, Somerset. As part of this research she is exploring the 15th-century parochial experience of the mass, in which the senses played a key role. She previously held curator and exhibition manager roles at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and so is also interested in sensorial engagement in the museum environment.
Sian is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation concerns the sense of touch in late medieval English theatre. Her research interests include the intersection between drama and art, the history of the senses, book history, the history of medicine, and material culture. She has recently published an article on page design in medieval medical manuscripts: “Balancing Form, Function, and Aesthetic: A Study of Ruling Patterns for Zodiac Men in Astro-Medical Manuscripts of Late Medieval England,” Journal of the Early Book Society 20 (2017): 79–109.