Provisional Programme

Monday 8th June 2015

09.30 – Registration & Coffee

10.15 – Welcome and Introductory Remarks


Session 1          10.30-12.00 – On Seeing and Not Seeing

10.30-11.00 – Silvia Speriani (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa): Seeing in Society: Horace and the Spectacle of Glances

11.00-11.30 – Jacobus Bracker (University of Hamburg): No Disturbing Gazes

11.30-12.00 – Marchella Ward (St Hilda’s College, Oxford): Blindness and the Theatre: Vision’s Privilege


12.00-13.00 – Lunch (provided)


Session 2          13.00-14.30 – Seeing Sound

13.00-14.00 – Tim Shephard, Serenella Sessini, and Laura Stefanescu (University of Sheffield): Music, Silence and Devotional Practice in the Gualenghi-d’Este Hours

14.00-14.30 – Daniela Wagner (University of Hamburg): A Surrogate for the Ear: The Silent Picture and the Iconography of Articulation


14.30-15.00 – Coffee Break


Session 3          15.00-16.30 – Seeing the Invisible

15.00-15.30 – Jessica Barker (Courtauld Institute/Henry Moore Foundation): Invisibility and Tomb Sculpture in the Later Middle Ages

15.30-16.00 – Maria Athanasekou (University of Athens): Sensory Reality as Perceived through the Religious Iconography of the Renaissance

16.00-16.30 – Tina Anderlini (Collège Charles de Gaulle, Fameck): Northern Sun: Giovanni Bellini’s Lights


16.30-17.00 – Coffee Break


Keynote Address         17.00-18.00

Dr François Quiviger, Warburg Institute, Sensations and Meanings in Early Modern European Art: from Iconography to Anthropology

18.00 – Wine Reception

19.00 – Conference Dinner (at own expense)


Tuesday 9th June 2015

Session 4          09.00-10.30 – Living Pictures

09.00-09.30 – Berit Hildebrandt and Amalie Skovmøller (University of Copenhagen): Experiencing Sensual Encounters: The Aesthetical Impact of Coloured Statues

09.30-10.00 – Will Leveritt (University of Nottingham): A Touching Tribute: Embodied Interaction in a Second-Century Roman Sarcophagus

10.00-10.30 – Dimitra Kotoula (Athens): Sensing the Miracle: Animated Icons in the Burial Shrines of the Byzantine Saint


10.30-11.00 – Coffee Break


Session 5          11.00-12.00 – Displaying the Senses

11.00-11.30 – Lena Sjögren (Stockholm University): Experiencing Ancient Religion in Museums

11.30-12.00 – Leslee Michelsen (Museum of Islamic Art, Doha): Scent in Islamic Art and Culture: A Case Study from the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha


12.00-13.00 – Lunch (provided)


Session 6          13.00-14.00 – Touching Paintings

13.00-13.30 – Elizabeth Molacek (University of Virginia): Look But Don’t Touch: Representing Erotic Experiences in Roman Mythological Paintings

13.30-14.00 – Amy Smith (University of Reading): Feeling Your Way around an Ancient Athenian Vase Painting


14.00-14.30 – Coffee Break


Session 7          14.30-16.00 – Vision and Performance

14.30-15.00 – Loussia Da Tos (Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès): The Visual and the Sensory in Public Space: Expressing Power in Roman Imperial Fora

15.00-15.30 – Despoina Lampada (Athens): Painting as Sermon: The Role of the Visual in Catechesis in Fourth-Century Orations

15.30-16.00 – Caterina Guardini (University of Udine): The Language of the Senses in Stage Descriptions of Stuart Court Masques


16.00-16.15 – Closing Remarks


Session 8          Throughout the Conference – Poster Session

Poster presenters will be available at the following times to discuss their work:

Monday 14.30-15.00; Tuesday 10.30-11.00 – Mylène Mistre-Schaal (University of Strasbourg): Pictorial Perfume: Making The Invisible Sensible, The Case of Mary Magdalene in 16th Century Devotional Portraits

Renzo Chiovelli and Annalisa Ruggeri (Sapienza, Università di Roma): Multimodal Integration of Sensory Experiences and Perceptions of Liturgical Spaces: The Origin of Medieval Architectural Copies of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem


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