Sensory Culture Club reading group

April 2016-ongoing
various locations, Berlin (DE)

The Sensory Culture Club reading group is part of the Sensory Culture Club which is a hub for cross-disciplinary reflection on historical, contemporary and possible future relations between sense experience and culture. The reading club explores the role of society and culture in sense perception, cognition and contemporary sensory aesthetics. The group engages with a variety of readings pertaining mainly to contemporary art practices, art history, art theory, anthropology, curating, cultural studies, philosophy, physiology, neurosciences, and sociology. By focusing primarily on the historically undervalued and repressed senses of smell, taste and touch as well as their overlaps, the readings serve as tools to explore how social and cultural values affect how we perceive and make sense of sense experience.

18.04.2016 #1
Corbin, A 1986, The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination, trans. M Kochan, Berg, Leamington Spa, pp. 1-8 & 111-127.

07.06.2016 #2
Corbin, A 1986, The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination, trans. M Kochan, Berg, Leamington Spa, pp. 176-199.

21.12.2016 #3
Drobnick, J 2000, ‘Inhaling Passions: Art, Sex and Scent’, Sexuality and Culture, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 37–56.

18.01.17 #4
1) Le Guérer, A 2002, ‘Olfaction and Cognition: A Philosophical and Psychoanalytic View’ in C Rouby, B Schaal, D Dubois, R Gervais & A Holley, (eds), Olfaction, Taste, and Cognition, pp. 47-66. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK) & New York.
2) Köster, EP 2002, ‘The Specific Characteristics of the Sense of Smell’ in C Rouby, B Schaal, D Dubois, R Gervais & A Holley, (eds), Olfaction, Taste, and Cognition, pp. 27-43. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK) & New York.

15.02.17 #5
1) Dubois, D Rouby, C 2002, ‘Names and Categories for Odors: The Veridical Label’ in C Rouby, B Schaal, D Dubois, R Gervais & A Holley, (eds), Olfaction, Taste, and Cognition, pp. 3-15. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK) & New York.
2) Howes, D 2002, ‘Nose-wise: Olfactory Metaphors in Mind’ in C Rouby, B Schaal, D Dubois, R Gervais & A Holley, (eds), Olfaction, Taste, and Cognition, pp. 67-81. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK) & New York.

06.04.17 #6
1) Rouby, C Bensafi, M 2002, ‘Is There a Hedonic Dimension to Odors?’ in C Rouby, B Schaal, D Dubois, R Gervais & A Holley, (eds), Olfaction, Taste, and Cognition, pp. 140-159. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK) & New York.
2) Herz, R 2002, ‘Influences of Odors on Mood and Affective Cognition’ in C Rouby, B Schaal, D Dubois, R Gervais & A Holley, (eds), Olfaction, Taste, and Cognition, pp. 160-177. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK) & New York.

08.05.17 #7
1) Issanchou, S Valentin, D Sulmont, C Degel, J Köster, EP 2002, ‘Testing Odor Memory: Incidental versus Intentional Learning, Implicit versus Explicit Memory’, in C Rouby, B Schaal, D Dubois, R Gervais & A Holley, (eds), Olfaction, Taste, and Cognition, pp. 211-229. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK) & New York.
2) Hudson, R Distel, H 2002, ‘The Individuality of Odor Perception’, in C Rouby, B Schaal, D Dubois, R Gervais & A Holley, (eds), Olfaction, Taste, and Cognition, pp. 408-420. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK) & New York.

08.08.17 #8
1) McGann, JP 2017, ‘Poor human olfaction is a 19th-century myth’, Science, vol. 356, no. 6338, eaam7263, DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7263.
2) Diaconu, M 2005, Tasten, Riechen, Schmecken: eine Ästhetik der anästhesierten Sinne, Königshausen & NeumannWürzburg.
3) Corbin, A 1986, The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination
, trans. M Kochan, Berg, Leamington Spa, pp. 142-160.
4) 
Chrea, C Grandjean, D Delplanque, S Cayeux, I Le Calvé, B Aymard, L Velazco, MI Sander, D Scherer, K.R. 2009, ‘Mapping the Semantic Space for the Subjective Experience of Emotional Responses to Odor’, Chemical Senses, vol. 34, pp. 49-62.

19.09.17 #9
1) Barwich, A.-S. 2017, ‘Up the nose of the beholder? Aesthetic perception in olfaction as a decision-making process’, New Ideas in Psychology, DOI: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2017.03.013
2) Diaconu, M 2006, ‘Reflections on an Aesthetics of Touch, Smell and Taste’, Contemporary Aesthetics,Available from: <http://www.contempaesthetics.org/newvolume/pages/article.php?articleID=385>. [11 September 2017].

19.09.17 #10
Barwich, AS 2017, ‘Making Sense of Smell’, The Philosophers’ Magazine, DOI: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2017.03.013

13.12.17 #11
Classen, C, Howes, D & Synnott, A 1994, ‘The aromas of antiquity’ in C Classen, D Howes & S Synnott, (eds), pp. 13-50. Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell, Routledge, London.