"Making Sense(s) in the Eighteenth Century"

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Below, please find a cfp for a panel to be held at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, March 31 - April 3, 2016.

"Making Sense(s) in the Eighteenth Century"

Are you a Man of Feeling or Man of Taste? Have you seen the Spectacular Actress lately, or are you too busy acting as an Eavesdropping Rogue? Snuff-Box Enthusiast or Turtle Soup Connoisseur? Such characters—be they found in fact or fiction—pervade the eighteenth century, but what about the senses to which they are so often attached? How did eighteenth-century culture make sense of the senses? Impressions of touch, whiffs of olfactory stimulants, flares of vision, notes of sound, subtle flavors of taste—how did thinkers, writers, and everyday participants distinguish between and/or synthesize different sensory experiences? Possible papers can include, but are not limited to, a focus on a given sense or a combination of the senses; sensibility, sensation, sensationalism; phenomenology, cognition, synaesthesia; dis/ability; medicine, health, science; representing the senses through character, poetry, literature, visual culture, music etc.

Please send 200-500 word proposals by 15 September 2015 to Rachel Seiler-Smith at raseiler@indiana.edu .