David Howes is Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Centre for Sensory Studies at Concordia University. He is also the Director of the Concordia Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. David has conducted field research on the cultural life of the senses in Papua New Guinea, Northwestern Argentina, and the Southwestern United States. His research projects have ranged from exploring the sensory life of things in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford to investigating historic and contemporary trends in multisensory marketing in the USA and Canada (in collaboration with Bianca Grohmann), and from examining judicial constructions of ‘culture’ (in collaboration with René Provost) to designing performative sensory environments (in collaboration with Chris Salter). He is currently embarked on a project entitled ‘Law and the Regulation of the Senses: Explorations in Sensori-Legal Studies’ together with colleagues from Concordia, Carleton and Calgary. David is the editor of, among other works, The Varieties of Sensory Experience (1991), Cross-Cultural Consumption (1996), and A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age, 1920-2000 (2014). He is the co-author (with Constance Classen and Anthony Synnott) of Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell (1994), and (also with Constance Classen) Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society (2013). He is otherwise the author of Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory (2003). David is the general editor of the Sensory Formations series from Berg and the new Sensory Studies series from Bloomsbury, as well as a founding editor of the journal The Senses and Society.

David Howes

Professor of Anthropology | Co-Director, Centre for Sensory Studies | Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture

Concordia University

Montreal, Quebec

Canada  H3G 1M8

Phone: +514 848-2424 – 2852
Email: david.howes@concordia.ca

Related Websites

Personal Website | Sensory Studies | Centre for Sensory Studies

Etienne Jollet is Professor in Early Modern Art History at the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He studied Art History, History, and French Literature at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Ecole du Louvre, the Department of Art History, Oxford University (under the supervision of Francis Haskell), and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Hubert Damisch and Louis Marin. He then completed his ‘habilitation à diriger les recherches’ at Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense under the supervision of Christian Michel. His work follows three main directions: The first is the relationship between art and knowledge – about gravity and balance in art (Figures de la pesanteur: Fragonard, Newton et les hasards de l’escarpolette (1998)) or the notion of place in the still-life (La Nature morte et la place des choses: L’objet et son lieu dans l’art occidental (2007)). The second deals with the methodology and historiography of art history, from art criticism in the 18th century (in 2002 he edited the complete works of the first major French art critic, La Font de Saint-Yenne) to the uses of neuroscience, with a special interest in Alois Riegl (he co-translated and published the French edition of The Netherlandish Group Painting (2007)). The third is the link between art and power explored in Jean et François Clouet (1997) or in the book on French royal monuments of the ancien régime he is currently completing, dealing especially with the notion of ‘ground’.

Etienne Jollet

Professor of Early Modern Art History

University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art

2 rue Vivienne

75002 Paris


Email: Etienne.Jollet@univ-paris1.fr

Helmut Leder is Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Head of the Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods at the University of Vienna, since 2004. He is Head of the Research Focus ‘Perceptual Aesthetics’, and Deputy Head of the Cognitive Sciences Research Platform. His main fields of research are aesthetics, psychology of the arts, design – and face perception. He holds a PhD from the University of Fribourg.  He was a visiting researcher at the University of Stirling, ATR Japan, USC and UCSD, at the Languages of Emotion-Cluster, FU Berlin, and Queens College, NYU. He is the author or co-author of many scholarly publications (Google Scholar Citations). For his research in empirical aesthetics he was awarded the Berlyne Award for career contributions to the psychology of aesthetics of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Baumgarten Award of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA). His research was sponsored by several grants in the field of empirical aesthetics, face processing and with industrial partners.

Helmut Leder

Professor of Cognitive Psychology | Head of Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods

University of Vienna

Faculty of Psychology

Liebiggasse 5

1010 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43-1-4277 47110

Email: helmut.leder@univie.ac.at

Related Websites

Cognitive Science Research Platform | Empirical Visual Aesthetics Lab

Nick Pearce holds the Sir John Richmond Chair of Fine Art at the University of Glasgow, where he specializes in the arts of China.  His career has spanned both museums and universities, having held positions at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Burrell Collection in Glasgow and Durham and Edinburgh universities. He joined the University of Glasgow in 1998 where he has held the positions of Head of History of Art and latterly Head of the School of Culture & Creative Arts (2010-14). His research interests include photographers and photography in late-19th-century China and aspects of the collecting of Chinese art in the West during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, including provenance research. He is currently a Fellow with the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative, working with the Freer-Sackler Galleries on the provenance of their Chinese collections. His most recent publications include: (with Jason Steuber), Original Intentions: Essays on Production, Reproduction and Interpretation in the Arts of China (2012); ‘A Casualty of War: Laurence Binyon, Raphael Petrucci and Chinese Painting’, in Locating Italy: East and West in British-Italian Transactions (2012), and ‘From relic to relic: A brief history of the skull of Confucius’, Journal of the History of Collections (2014).

Nick Pearce

Sir John Richmond Chair of Fine Art

University of Glasgow

School of Culture & Creative Arts

8 University Gardens

Glasgow G12 8QH

United Kingdom

Phone:  +44-141-330 3826

Email: Nick.Pearce@glasgow.ac.uk

Related Websites

Freer Sackler Provenance Research Project

Dee Reynolds is Professor of French at the University of Manchester. She studied French and German at Trinity College, Dublin, and completed a Maîtrise dès Lettres Modernes at the Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) with a mémoire de maîtrise on the poetry and theory of Stéphane Mallarmé, under the supervision of Michel Decaudin. The topic of her PhD (supervised by Clive Scott), was ‘Imagination and the Aesthetic Function of Signification in the Poetry and Painting of Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Kandinsky and Mondrian’ (University of East Anglia, 1987). Since the mid-1990s the main topic of her research has been modern and contemporary dance. From 2008-2011 she directed the AHRC-funded project, ‘Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy’. Her current project is on the art of waves and kinesthetic rhythms. Recent publications include a special issue of Dance Research Electronic on Dance and Neuroscience, co-edited with Corinne Jola and Frank Pollick (2012); Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices, co-edited with Matthew Reason (2010), and Rhythmic Subjects: Uses of Energy in the Dances of Mary Wigman, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham (2007).

Dee Reynolds

Professor of French

University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL

United Kingdom

Related Websites

Watching Dance Project | Watching Dance: Ning

Charles Spence is Professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford and a world-famous experimental psychologist with a specialization in neuroscience-inspired multisensory marketing and design. He has worked with many of the world’s largest companies across the globe since establishing the Crossmodal Research Laboratory (CRL) at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University in 1997. Prof. Spence is currently head of Sensory Marketing at JWT. He has published over 600 articles and edited or authored 8 academic volumes, including in 2014 ‘In touch with the future’ and ‘The perfect meal’.

Charles Spence

Professor of Experimental Psychology

University of Oxford

Department of Experimental Psychology: Crossmodal Research Laboratory

South Parks Road

Oxford OX1

United Kingdom

Phone: +44-1865-271 364


Related Websites

Crossmodal Research Laboratory | Oxford Martin Future of Food Programme

Boris Wiseman is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Copenhagen. His work is interdisciplinary, most recently a collaboration with neurophysiologist Jonathan Cole, with whom he co-authored an essay on Degas’s sculptural work (in Moving Imagination, ed. by Helena De Preester, 2013). He is currently working on a book on the visual culture of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France. It explores the ways in which movement has been captured by means of a broad range of images, including works of art, photography, early film and various optical devices.  The book asks what these images tell us about the shaping of our bodily habits in a modern urban environment and about the place of the representation of movement in the formation of a particular cultural moment, that of dawning modernism. His earlier book, Lévi-Strauss, Anthropology and Aesthetics (2007), explored the place of aesthetic ideas in anthropological discourse. As a collaborator on the International Rhetoric Culture project, directed by Ivo Strecker and Stephen Tyler, he worked on the rhetorical figure of chiasmus and co-edited the volume Chiasmus and Culture (2014). He also co-edited a special issue of the journal Paragraph on French philosopher Claude Imbert (2011). He studied French at King’s College London and Anthropology at the London School of Economics, before spending two years as a pensionnaire étranger at the École normale supérieure, Paris and a DEA at the Sorbonne nouvelle and completing a PhD at King’s College London. Before moving to Copenhagen, he was Senior Lecturer in French at Durham University.

Boris Wiseman

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies


University of Copenhagen

Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies

Njalsgade 128, 24.2

2300 København S, 24


Phone: +45-35-3284 56