The Senses and Visual Culture (Bristol, 8-9 Jun 15)

University of Bristol, Faculty of Arts, 3/5 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TB, United Kingdom, June 8 - 09, 2015
Registration deadline: May 27, 2015

The Senses and Visual Culture from Antiquity to the Renaissance


Monday 8th June 2015
09.30 – Registration & Coffee
10.15 – Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Session 1
10.30-12.00 – On Seeing and Not Seeing

Silvia Speriani (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
Seeing in Society: Horace and the Spectacle of Glances

Jacobus Bracker (University of Hamburg)
No Disturbing Gazes

Marchella Ward (St Hilda's College, Oxford)
Blindness and the Theatre: Vision's Privilege

12.00-13.00 – Lunch (provided)

Session 2
13.00-14.30 – Seeing Sound

Tim Shephard, Serenella Sessini, and Laura Stefanescu (University of Sheffield)
Music, Silence and Devotional Practice in the Gualenghi-d'Este Hours

Daniela Wagner (University of Hamburg)
A Surrogate for the Ear: The Silent Picture and the Iconography of Articulation

14.30-15.00 – Coffee Break

Session 3
15.00-16.30 – Seeing the Invisible

Jessica Barker (Courtauld Institute/Henry Moore Foundation)
Invisibility and Tomb Sculpture in the Later Middle Ages

Maria Athanasekou (University of Athens)
Sensory Reality as Perceived through the Religious Iconography of the Renaissance

Tina Anderlini (Collège Charles de Gaulle, Fameck)
Northern Sun: Giovanni Bellini's Lights

16.30-17.00 – Coffee Break

Keynote Address
Dr François Quiviger (Warburg Institute)
Sensations and Meanings in Early Modern European Art: from Iconography to Anthropology

18.00 – Wine Reception

19.00 – Conference Dinner (at own expense)

Tuesday 9th June 2015

Session 4
09.00-10.30 – Living Pictures

Berit Hildebrandt and Amalie Skovmøller (University of Copenhagen)
Experiencing Sensual Encounters: The Aesthetical Impact of Coloured Statues

Will Leveritt (University of Nottingham)
A Touching Tribute: Embodied Interaction in a Second-Century Roman Sarcophagus

Dimitra Kotoula (Athens)
Sensing the Miracle: Animated Icons in the Burial Shrines of the Byzantine Saint

10.30-11.00 – Coffee Break

Session 5
11.00-12.30 – Displaying the Senses

Lena Sjögren (Stockholm University)
Experiencing Ancient Religion in Museums

Leslee Michelsen (Museum of Islamic Art, Doha)
Scent in Islamic Art and Culture: A Case Study from the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Liesbet Kusters (Museum Abbey of Park, Heverlee, Belgium)
Manuscript ms. 18 (Abbey of Park, Heverlee): Visual Isolation and Liberation

12.30-13.30 – Lunch (provided)

Session 6
13.30-15.00 – Touching Paintings

Kamini Vellodi (Kingston University)
Haptic Experience: Deleuze, Tintoretto and the Overpowering of the Visual

Elizabeth Molacek (University of Virginia)
Look But Don't Touch: Representing Erotic Experiences in Roman Mythological Paintings

Amy Smith (University of Reading)
Feeling Your Way around an Ancient Athenian Vase Painting

15.00-15.30 – Coffee Break

Session 7
15.30-17.00 – Vision and Performance

Loussia Da Tos (Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès)
The Visual and the Sensory in Public Space: Expressing Power in Roman Imperial Fora

Despoina Lampada (Athens)
Painting as Sermon: The Role of the Visual in Catechesis in Fourth-Century Orations

Caterina Guardini (University of Udine)
The Language of the Senses in Stage Descriptions of Stuart Court Masques

17.00-17.15 – Closing Remarks

The registration deadline is 27 May 2015. For more information, please see

CONF: The Senses and Visual Culture (Bristol, 8-9 Jun 15). In:, May 14, 2015 (accessed Sep 21, 2020), <>.

Contributor: Erica O'Brien, Department of History of Art, University of Bristol

Contribution published: May 14, 2015

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