New Books Series: ‘The Senses and Material Culture in a Global Perspective’

The series aims to investigate paradigms of sensation in a global perspective, incorporating methods and tools derived from different disciplines including Sensory Studies, Material Culture Studies, and Disability Studies. It aims to bring together scholars to develop the notion of sensory agency of material objects and art through an interdisciplinary, combined examination of material and visual culture, sensory perception, and the social, cultural and moral values attributed to the senses. The series also seeks to develop notions of intrasensoriality and sensory diversity, acknowledging the variety of sensorial experiences. It adopts a transnational, global perspective, and a broad chronological framework, spanning from Prehistory until today.

Rather than promoting theoretical studies, it aims to encourage and welcome contributions rooted in the everyday lived experiences of individuals belonging to diverse social groups, categories and communities, including people with different ways of sensing. In this regard, the material culture of sensation will form a crucial part of the examination. Studies that focus on discourses on the senses in narrative and documentary texts, hence setting sensation against a broader interpretive background, will also be considered.

Fields of interest – History; History of Art; Archaeology; Anthropology; Sociology; Religious Studies; Sensory Studies; Material Culture Studies; Visual Culture Studies; Anthropology; Disability Studies

Chronological scope – Prehistory until today

Geographical scope – Global

Method of peer review – Double-blind undertaken by specialist members of the Board or external specialists

The series warmly welcomes volume proposals for both monographs and thematically coherent essay collections. Main language: English
Additional languages: French; Italian; Spanish Submissions should be sent to:

Zuleika Murat, University of Padua

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Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

One thought on “New Books Series: ‘The Senses and Material Culture in a Global Perspective’

  1. I would like to get personal contact with Ellie Wilson to ask her about a very old icon of God Mother , probably in encaustic technique , byantine style, with Lapis lazuli and sardonyx stones on it . private art collection since 1965

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