Hyperaesthetic Culure

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Transformations is calling for submissions for Issue 22: Hyperaesthetic Culture.


We live in a competitive sensory environment. The marketing of consumer goods continually appeals to taste, touch, vision, hearing, and smell, compelling other practices to engage our senses in what David Howes describes as a 'hyperaesthetic culture'. This environment is saturated with alluring and intense sense experience that proliferates as technologies such as ultrasonography, satellites and computer applications provide access to things previously beyond human perception. Bodies are cultivated to be aesthetically appealing and optimally available to the senses for commercial, medical and security purposes.

This special issue of Transformations will examine sensory regimes and the way in which people respond to them. Recent cultural research into the senses shows that the relationships and hierarchies between them are not static. Varying sensoriums are involved in different understandings of the self and its relationship to the world. This is apparent in cultural studies projects that implicitly and explicitly integrate questions of sensory experience into their investigations.

We invite submissions in the areas of philosophy, critical, cultural and media studies, and creative arts research. Possible topics include:

–new technologies of the senses, such as haptic technologies
–the effects of sensory regimes on bodies and minds
–sensory appeal and the persistence of technologically 'outmoded' goods, such as vinyl records
–relationships between hyperaestheticism and thought
–sensory adaptation and substitution, such as human echolocation
–ways of making bodies and objects available to the senses, such as body scans
–senses other than the traditional five senses, such as proprioception
–new media arts projects incorporating biometric feedback

New deadline for abstracts (500 words): due 7 December 2011 with a view to submit by 7 March 2012.
Abstracts to be forwarded to: Erika Kerruish erika.kerruish@scu.edu.au
For submission guidelines go to: http://www.transformationsjournal.org/journal/