T072
Sensory Studies in STS and Their Methods

Convenors:
Morana Alac (University of California, San Diego)
Discussant:
Christy Spackman (Harvey Mudd College)
Stream:
Tracks
Location:
129
Start time:
1 September, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This track brings together and exhibits current studies in STS on smell, touch, taste, and those focused on multisensory aspects of science and technology broadly conceived. Each presenter will dedicate a portion of their intervention to addressing the method adopted or experimented with.

Long abstract:

With its commitment to topics such as embodiment, environment, food, materiality, digital technologies, disability, and nonhumans, STS is ripe for an account of its approaches to the senses. Certainly, visual studies have always been at the forefront of its interest (if not even foundational for the field), and there is a fair amount of important work on the auditory sense. Yet, olfaction, touch and taste— stereotypically described as the non-dominant senses in humans— have received less attention. One reason for this may concern the peculiarity of the approaches that studies of touch, taste and smell call for. The goal for this track is to bring together and showcase current studies in STS on the senses. In particular, we want to exhibit the studies on smell, touch, taste, and those focused on multisensory aspects of science and technology broadly conceived. Each presenter in this track is asked to dedicate a portion of her/his intervention to explicitly addressing the approach adopted and/or experimented with in the showcased study. We expect these to range from traditional methods from social science and the humanities, to a tweaking of those methods, to more experimental approaches. We also invite reflection on and investigative performances of modes of presenting sensory studies. SESSIONS: 4/5/5