Date: 4 April 2013 - 5 April 2013
urban sensescape is an underdeveloped aspect of Urban History. This
conference explores the ways in which people have developed
relationships with, and to, the urban environment from early modern
times to the present. Recently, the 'emotive turn' has sought to address
the neglected yet important subjects of touch and smell in the city
that Joseph Rykwert identified in his book _The Seduction of Place: The
History and Future of Cities_[Ed. Vintage Press, 2002].
seeks, therefore, to engage with the emotive turn to explore how people
have, since the early modern times, explored and experienced the city
through their senses. It also seeks to identify the types of strategies
that condition the development of an urban sensescape.
the city' is not just confined to the sights, sounds, smells, feel and
taste of the city but is also concerned with the ways in which the urban
landscape is managed to enhance or hinder our sensory experience: for
example, how mental maps of the city were formed before physical maps
were created or how circulation has been regulated by signage,
improvement acts, public health interventions through to the
contemporary usage of QR codes, sat-navs and app technology.
conference will also consider how people's experiences of the city have
been conditioned along class, gender and/or ethnic lines, how
individuals and groups have developed their own sensory experiences of
the city and how these experiences have changed over time. Finally, the
conference will consider the emotional responses to the sensory
experiences of place and how individuals and collectives react to a
changing sensory environment.
Rebecca Madgin; Shane Ewen
University of York York