Ethnography and the senses

Convenor: Andrea Mubi Brighenti (University of Trento)


How is ethnographic practice related to the perceptual senses? What can a focus on the senses teach us about the social world? How to explore the social intercourse through sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste – and, most important of all, the sixth sense? The sensorium is not only a resource but also a landscape: if so, how is it possible to
enrich ethnography by paying attention to the visualscapes, soundscapes and smellscapes in which we perceive and interpret social practices?

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