Sensory Worlds: Culture, Media and the Body

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Eugene Lang

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Sensory Worlds

Fall 2021

Taught By: William Scarlett

Section: A

CRN: 11830

Credits: 4

We often take our senses to be innate to our bodies and immediate to our surroundings, but are our sensory worlds really as they seem? Anthropologists have long asked how the senses are shaped by social practices and shared knowledge to produce certain modes of sensory experience. As our perceptions become more deeply immersed in media technologies this question takes on a new sense of urgency. This course will draw on a broad range of cross-cultural and multisensory research to explore sensory worlds through topics such as the virtual, animal, spiritual, scientific and therapeutic. We will also investigate the senses’ relation to the body and collective through research on taste, movement, sound, breath, touch, images, hallucinations and dreams. Rather than drawing boundaries around the “truth” of the senses, we will explore the potentials of sensory worlds as ways of knowing, creating and making contact through our own critical and creative research. Students will be encouraged to further pursue their interests through fieldwork and multimedia projects.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Eugene Lang (LANG)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:03am 9/25/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 912

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021