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CALL. 01.03.2017: [PANEL 1 at ASOR 2017] Senses and Sensibility in the Near East - Boston (MA, USA)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Westin Boston Waterfront (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Kiersten Neumann (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago)

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Contributions to the Senses and Sensibility in the Near East session in 2016 took a multiplicity of theoretical and methodological approaches in their exploration of senses and sense-making related to objects, spaces, and practices in the Near East, in order to bring to light culturally meaningful sensory experience and modes of representation, reception, perception, and interaction, as well as social and political dynamics of past worlds and human encounters. The goal for the 2017 session is to narrow the aim of the session by gathering papers that emphasize aspects of intentionality in sensory experience; to explore what forms of sensory experience are intentionally constructed in activities and encounters of past worlds; how we might access such intentionality, whether through text or material culture, for example; and how we might understand such intentions with respect to particular social and cultural contexts. Papers will also be included that explore unintentional sensory phenomena, the involuntary and at times overlooked sensory aspects that are equally formidable and impactful in a variety of encounters between agents and spaces. The call for papers is now open. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2017. If you are interested in participating, please submit your abstract directly to ASOR’s Online Abstract Management System: and select “Senses and Sensibility in the Near East” for the session in which you would like to present your paper. Please note that in order to present a paper at the Annual Meeting, you must be a current member of ASOR ( and must register for the Annual Meeting when submitting your abstract (

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