1 Dec 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm Online


The ‘Taste as a Form of Knowledge Production’ research group at gloknos invites you to the second session of their current seminar series, hosted by Marieke Hendriksen (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam) and Alex Wragge-Morley (Lancaster University).

Through an informal conversation, this session examines two different ways in which taste is and has been used to assign value to things. We’ll compare two strikingly different ways of using taste to determine value – the literal use of taste to determine the value of water, and the metaphorical use of taste to determine the value of art.


Christy Spackman holds a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Arts, Media and Engineering Department at Arizona State University. She has a doctorate in Food Studies from New York University. Her work focuses on how the sensory experiences of making, consuming, and disposing of food influence and are influenced by ‘technologies of taste,’ her term for the oft-overlooked technologies and practices used to manage the sensory aspects of foods during production.

Charlotte Guichard is a Professor of History at the CNRS and director of the Doctoral School of Letters, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. A specialist in the eighteenth century in France, she works at the crossroads of art history, socio-cultural history and social sciences. Through the notions of expertise, authenticity and originality, she questions the constitution of the art worlds and their values ​​in modern Europe.

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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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