16 Jun 2017 9:30am - 6:30pm Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building


Registration is now closed. 

We are pleased to announce a one-day conference, in collaboration with the CRASSH graduate seminar series ‘Embodied Things: Histories of Cognition, Practices, & Theories’.

In keeping with the overall theme of this year’s seminar, the conference will centre on the issue of ‘embodied cognition.’ The aim is to further explore the cutting-edge approach of current scholarship that investigates the human understanding of the world vis-à-vis objects. It will consider the significance of embodiment in all processes of cognition and learning, moving beyond an obstructive divide between 'mind' and ‘hand’, and between ‘intellectual’ and ‘manual’ knowledge. This methodology will allow speakers to emphasise how the connection between humans and objects reveals a wider understanding of culture, and properly recognises the significance of embodied knowledge. 

Dr Marta Ajmar (VARI, Victoria and Albert Museum) will deliver the keynote paper. Dr Ajmar’s current research centres on the significance of embodiment within practice and engages with questions of cognition, experiential learning, knowledge exchange and the epistemology of making. 





9.30 - 10.00

Registration and Welcome

10.00 - 11.20

Panel 1 SENSES 

Elizabeth Athens (Assistant Curator of American Art, Worcester Art Museum)
The Common Membrane: Skin as the Site of Knowledge Production

Jonah Coman (University of St Andrews)
No strings attached: Embodied epistemology and the medieval animated sculptures of crucified Christ

Eleanor Chan (University of Cambridge)
Fantastia on a Harpsichord Case: Cognition and Pieter Isaacsz’s ‘Allegorische Voorstelling Van Amsterdam als Centrum van de Wereldhandel’ (1604-1607)

11.20 - 11.40

Tea/Coffee Break

11.40 - 13.00

Panel  2  MAKING 

Christine Griffiths (Bard Graduate Center)
Sensing Early Modern Perfumes in the Garden, Workshop and Archive

Erin Solomons (University for the Creative Arts)
Chemistry and Endurance; Making as a critical assessment of trauma, during the American Civil War

Michele Feder Nadoff (Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico)
Forging Knowledge: Understanding Person and Places through Practice and Performance

Robert Ott (University of Leicester)
Making Fashion Things: Embodiment and Materiality in Bespoke Tailoring and Cordwaining

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch (provided)

14.00 - 15.20

Panel  3   KNOWLEDGE  

 Florence Hazrat (University of Geneva)
Sweet Time's Waste: Petrarch's Triumphs in Literature and Material Culture of the European Renaissance

 Siddarth Paney (University of Cambridge)
Making Magic: The head, the hand, and the heuristic in British Fantasy

Trisha Urmi Banerjee (Harvard University)
Dorsal Cognition

15.20 - 15.40

Tea/Coffee Break

15.40 - 17.00

Roundtable Discussio

17.00 - 17.15

Quick break

17.15 - 18.15

Keynote Speaker

Dr Marta Ajmar (Victoria & Albert Museum Research Institute)

18.15 - 18.30

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