The Senses and Memory

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Chanelle Dupuis / NeMLA

From the "Proust Effect" to music's "reminiscence bump", the senses can evoke strong memories and convey complex details of an event. Each sense is encoded in the brain in its own particular way and registers unique characteristics of a moment. Likewise, the senses in tandem can build relations that resonate the multisensory qualities of an event. We are looking for papers that explore the link between the senses and memory in various forms of media and texts. The proposals should interact with Sensory Studies (Smell, Sound, Taste, Touch, and Sight) in some way or be works that consider the intersection of the senses (synesthesia, etc). This panel will provide an intellectual space for stimulating conversations about the sensorium and all those interested in questions of perception. We will consider questions such as: What can the senses reveal to us about memory? How is sensory memory different from other forms of memory? What is unique or particular about one specific sense's ability to trigger memories of the past? How do the senses work together to gather information about an event?  Please submit proposals at this link: