This year's theme, "Senses and Perceptions," encourages participants to historicize and theorize a domain of human experience that is often uncritically naturalized. How does the sensorial shape individual experience, social relations, and mutual perceptions of Jews and non-Jews? Topics might include, but are not limited to: the particularities of taste regarding Jewish cooking and food; olfactory experience and distinctive scents in daily life and in polemical imagination; the soundscapes of song, prayer, and instrumental music across confessions and in moments of leisure; vision, representation, and art; physical feelings of touch, as seen for example through fabric and dress, as well as in pleasure and pain. The theme will also reach beyond the five senses into experiences of physical health, disability, and intoxication.

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Monday, August 19th
10:00 AM

Volume 16: Senses and Perceptions

Magda Teter, Fordham University

Fordham University, Lincoln Center

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

1:00 PM

The Perception of Colors in Moses Chayyim Luzzatto’s 18th-Century Kabbalah

Federico Dal Bo, Autonomous University of Barcelona

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM