24 Nov 2021 4:15pm - 5:30pm Online


The ‘Taste as a Form of Knowledge Production’ research group at gloknos invites you to their first public talk: Senses of Taste

This first discussion session in a series of six, hosted by Marieke Hendriksen (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam) and Alex Wragge-Morley (Lancaster University) will compare two of the key senses in which we talk about taste – taste acquired by the tongue in relation to food, and taste in art. Is the notion of aesthetic taste simply a metaphor, or are there more meaningful connections between taste on the tongue and taste in art and literature? What happens when an art critic and a food critic compare their understandings of taste?


Irene de Vette is a Toronto-based food and wine writer. She holds a MS in magazine journalism from Boston University and is a qualified sommelier. She authored several cookbooks and has extensive experience in moderating food and wine tastings.

Agnieszka Wołodźko is a lecturer and researcher at ArtEZ University of the Arts (The Netherlands), where she teaches philosophy of art courses and has initiated BIOMATTERs, an artistic research program that explores how to work with living matters.

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gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022). ARTEFACT is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 724451). For information about gloknos or ARTEFACT please contact the administrator in the first instance.

Research Group Programme

Session One: Sense of Taste

Wednesday 24 November 2021
Speakers: Irene de Vette & Agnieszka Wołodźko

Session Two: Taste and Value

Wednesday 1 December 2021
Speakers: Christy Spackman & Charlotte Guichard

Session Three: Qualifying Taste

Wednesday 23 February 2022
Speakers: Judith Konsten & Ryan Whibbs

Session Four: Training Taste

Wednesday 6 April 2022
Speakers: John Gallagher & Patrick Ruch

Research Group Leaders

Alex Wragge-Morley

Alex Wragge-Morley is a lecturer in the Department of History at Lancaster University in the UK. He is a historian of science and medicine, focusing on the period 1650-1800. Through his research and teaching, Alex seeks to understand how people in the past obtained knowledge through sensory experience. In particular, he asks how scientific and medical practitioners have related the pleasures and pains of the senses to the work of knowledge production. In doing so, he brings together histories of science, medicine, the body, the neurosciences, art, literature, and religion. His first book, Aesthetic Science: Representing Nature in the Royal Society of London, 1650-1720, was published with the University of Chicago Press in 2020.

Marieke Hendriksen

Marieke Hendriksen is a historian of early modern science, art, and knowledge. She is senior researcher at NL-Lab, a research group within the Humanities Cluster of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam. Her research interests are the role of material culture and sensory perception (especially taste) in the production and exchange of knowledge in the early modern period, in particular in the realms of medicine, chemistry, and art.

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