Understanding the Senses: Past & Present

Understanding the Senses: Past & Present

University of Glasgow Library Special Collections, 6 July 2016

From 6 to 8 July 2016, the University of Glasgow welcomed internationally renowned scholars in the fields of philosophy, literature, art history, linguistics and disability studies as part of the Understanding the Senses: Past & Present conference held on campus for the second year running. Hosted by Professors Elizabeth Robertson and Fiona Macpherson in collaboration with Professor Annette Kern-Staehler (of the University of Bern), the aim of this interdisciplinary symposium was to probe how medieval and early modern discourses on the nature and function of the senses can inform discourses of the present and vice versa.

The conference was accompanied by a ‘pop-up’ display, curated by M.Sc. Museum Studies student Lynn Verschuren, relating to the history of the senses, and a room of interactive illusions from the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience.

Event Organisers: Professor Elizabeth Robertson and Professor Fiona Macpherson
Illusions Curated by: Dr Keith Wilson, Professor Fiona Macpherson
Manuscripts Curated by: Lynn Verschuren
Pictures by Keith Wilson

Exhibits

Exhibits

Interactive illusions on display included:

  • ‘Mirascope’ 3D reflected object
  • ‘Hyperscope’ perspective illusion
  • ‘Reverspective’ Moving Venice illusion
  • ‘Scanimation’ animated transparencies
  • Hollow Einstein mask illusion
  • Jelly beans taste and smell demonstration
  • Spinning motion aftereffect disc
  • Lego ‘impossible’ triangle
  • Auditory and audiovisual illusions

Further details and images of the exhibited manuscripts can be found in this blog post, and in the University of Glasgow Library’s Flickr collection.