OCTOBER 24–27 OCTOBRE 2019 Hilton Hotel, Québec, QC

Submission deadline / Date limite de soumission: May 31, 2019 / 31 mai 2019


Making Sense of the Senses: Evaluating the Sensorium in Visual Culture (


The classification, discrimination, and individuation of the senses have long been a topic of discussion among scholars in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Although the paradigm of the five senses can be found in philosophical texts from Ancient Greece and China, the sensory categories defined differed significantly between the two regions. This disparity of sense perception informed the interdisciplinary field of sensory studies and following the sensory turn of the 1990s, led to a profusion of sense-specific subfields, especially those related to visual culture. While the invention of visual culture collapsed the hierarchy of high/low art (Berger 1972; Baxandall 1972; Alpers 1983), the proliferation of visual culture studies further entrenches the hierarchical division of the senses (Howes 2018). This panel seeks to explore interpretations of the sensorium in visual culture and evaluate the cultural and social connections/implications of the Senses in Art.


Chair: Samantha Chang, University of Toronto,


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Conference regulations

  1. Applicants may present in only one session, round table, or panel.
  2. Applicants may not submit proposals to more than two sessions, round tables, or panels. If submitting two proposals they must advise the chairs of both sessions.
  3. Proposals must be sent directly to the chair(s) of the session, round table, or panel.
  4. Submissions must include: the name of the applicant; the applicant’s email address; the applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank; title of proposal; a proposal (300 words maximum); a brief biography (150 words maximum).
  5. Submissions must be submitted via the Call for Papers form.
  6. Proposals may be submitted by current members or non-members of UAAC. Non-members MUST become members of UAAC and pay registration fees in order to present a paper at the conference. Membership dues and registration fees must be received by September 15, 2019.
  7. Proposals are invited from permanent and contractual faculty, independent scholars and artists, and graduate students in terminal degree programs (examples: PhD, MFA, MDes, etc.) who are engaged in the visual arts (studio practice, art history, visual culture, material culture, museum studies, art conservation, etc.). MA students are not permitted to give papers at the conference.
  8. Session chairs may not make a presentation in their own session, round table, or panel. However, they may submit a proposal to another session, round table, or panel.
  9. Presentations via Skype, Google hangout, or other digital platforms are not permitted.


Samantha Chang
PhD Candidate, History of Art/Graduate Department of Art, University of Toronto

Visiting Research Student, Department of Music, The University of Sheffield |