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First Class: Knowing by Sensing (MA Track)
February 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The senses offer scholars intriguing topics that transcend disciplinary, chronologic and geographic boundaries. But beyond this the senses are valuable methodological tools, that provide us with different types of knowledge than text and image alone can provide. In our digital and visually oriented age of social media and the internet, the senses and the body are undervalued and underestimated –especially in academia. Even when scholars study the senses, they are hesitant to engage with them: they remain the object of study,but aren’t considered informative in themselves.This course teaches students to include the different senses in the production of knowledge, to train their sensory gaze, and to be able to describe sensory phenomena.