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Exploring the Senses. Emotions, Performativity, and Ritual

International Conference in collaboration with Universität Heidelberg


Organization: Axel Michaelis (Universität Heidelberg), Christoph Wulf (Freie Universität Berlin)

December 8-10, 2011


Thursday, 8 December 2011

1. Indian and Western Theories of Senses

Chair: Christoph Wulf

  • Remo Bodei (Pisa, Philosophy): The Historicity of the Senses
  • Angelika Malinar (Zürich, Indology): Sense Perception and Notions of the 'Senses' in Indian Philosophy
  • Alois Hahn (Trier, Sociology): Simmel and Marx or the Difference between an Anthropology and a Sociology of the Senses

Chair: Axel Michaels

  • Gerard Colas (Paris, Indology): Senses – Divine and Human
  • Anand Mishra (Heidelberg, Indology): Embracing the Divine: The Role of Senses in the Religious Practices of Pushti-mārga
  • Monika Boehm-Tettelbach (Heidelberg, Indology): Emotions and Control of the Senses in the Bhakti-Ritual
  • Ute Huesken (Oslo, Indology): Magic as Sensory Perception

Friday, 9 December 2011

2. The Anthropology of Senses

2.1 Vision and seeing

Chair: Birgitt Röttger-Rössler

  • Christoph Wulf (Berlin, Historical Cultural Anthropology): Vision and Gaze in European History. An Anthropological Perspective
  • Benjamin Jörissen (Media Science, Erlangen): The Medialisation of Sight
  • Jan Weinhold (Heidelberg, Medical Psychology): Systems Constellation: Rituals and the Spacial Sense

Chair: Gabriele Brandstetter

  • William Sax (Heidelberg, Ethnology): Seeing Ghosts in India and Europe
  • Karin Polit (Heidelberg, Ethnology): Rituals as Sensual Experience of Body, Space and Social Worlds
  • Christiane Brosius (Heidelberg, Visual and Media Anthropology): Gazing at Contemporary Indian Art

2.2 Tasting and Smelling

Chair:   Ute Hüsken

  • Alain Montandon (Clermont-Ferrand, Comparative Literature): Taste as an Aesthetic Sense
  • Dinah Jung (Heidelberg): Perfumery Arts in Asia – Cultural Flows and Interrelations as Mirrored in the Spread of Aromatics and the Similarity between Ritual Practices
  • Astrid Zotter (Heidelberg, Indology): Scent of a Flower: Remarks on Olfaction in Hindu Worship
  • Birgitt Röttger-Rössler (Berlin, Ethnology): On Smell in South-Asia

2.3 Movements and Touching

Chair:   William Sax

  • Joerg Gengnagel (Heidelberg, Indology): Movements in Space and the Senses. Aspects of Ritual and Locomotion in India
  • Jayachandran Palazhi (Bangalore, Study of Dance): Mapping Memory, Experience and Imagination.
  • Gabriele Brandstetter (Berlin, Study of Dance): Movement: Kinesthesia and Empathy

Film: "Handling Death“, Introduction: Axel Michaels (Heidelberg, Indology)

2.4 Sound and Hearing

Chair:   Christiane Brosius

  • Annette Wilke (Muenster, Study of Religion): Sound and Communication
  • Karsten Lichau (Berlin, Historical Anthropology): That We Shall All gladly Unite in this Simple Service of the Silence. “The Minute of Silence” as Ritual of Acoustical Emotional Articulation
  • Holger Schulze (Berlin, Historical Anthropology): Sound Anthropology

2.5 The Unity of the Senses

Chair:   Remo Bodei

  • Sundar Sarukkai (Manipal, Philosophy): The Unity of the Senses in Indian Philosophy
  • Theofanis Tassis (Crete, Philosophy): Politics of the Senses: On Vision and Hearing in Hannah Arendt´s "Vita Activa"
  • Dieter Treu (Berlin, Psychology): Is There a Sense for Duration? Thinking Sensuality and Temporality Together
  • Madalina Diaconu (Vienna, Philosophy): The Sky Around Our Bodies. Climate and Environmental Perception


Collaborative Research Center 619 "Ritual Dynamics", Universität Heidelberg

Cluster of Excellence "Languages of Emotion", Freie Universität Berlin

Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Universität Heidelberg

Center for International Cooperation, Freie Universität Berlin

Association for Historical Anthropology