Aarhus University Seal

Making Sense of Sensory Studies

An International Conference on Sensory Studies

Date: 27-28 April 2023
Venue: AIAS

Recent archaeological, historical, and ethnographical research has witnessed a phenomenon that can be called a sensory turn or even a sensual revolution with a growing number of publications aimed at sketching the sensory landscapes of past societies. In these recent studies, several methods to trace the ephemeral and already vanished sensory encounters have been developed from the more traditional approaches to more experimental ones.

The workshop Making sense of sensory studies aims to bring together the trailblazers of sensory studies in social sciences, archaeology, and history, for sharing the best methodological developments in recent sensory scholarship.

Keynote speakers 

Helmi Järviluoma-Mäkelä (Cultural Studies, University of Eastern Finland, and Visiting Professor at Turku Institute of Advanced Studies)

William Tullett (Sensory History at the Anglia Ruskin University)

Jo Day (The School of Classics, University College Dublin)


The conference is open to all, researchers, students and industry and others interested in the topic. The places, however, are limited and registration (opened later this year) is necessary. There will be no registration fee, but we will organize a themed wine-tasting with a small fee.

Call for papers 


Read the full call for papers here.


The conference has received funding from the Carlsberg Foundation and AIAS.