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Senses-based Learning Symposium 2024

Programme: Keynote speech: “The effects of senses on learning and the moderating impact of technology” by Wim Gijselaers and Therese Grohnert Student presentation: artistic tropical biology by Nubia Thierfelder and Roy Erkens Workshop: “Do you know your own sensory health?” & “On the effects of sensory learning” by Andrea Smitten “Senses-based learning and Marres” by…

Sound of Sustainability

The basic approach again was to connect the scientific analysis with strategies of arts-based approaches, in this case of sound art.
Led by Harald Heinrichs

Bureau of Expertise for Critical Thinking and Artistic Intervention

This course aimed at exploring the potential of scientific– artistic analysis and intervention in issues of (un)sustainable development.
Led by Harald Heinrichs

Sustainability, Politics and Everyday Life

A course aimed at employing the approach of visual ethnography for exploring the materialization of politically contested issues of (un)sustainability in everyday life and practice.
Led by Harald Heinrichs

Echo Location and Multisensory Interventions

Introduction to Echolocation (or Click Sonar), and a more broad consideration of how we collectively experience both each other and the spatial environment through our auditory and tactile senses.
Led by Britt Hatzius and Thomas Tajo

Senses-based Learning Symposium 2023

Senses-based Learning Symposium 2023 – Programme

Museum of Memory

Senses, museums and learning; build connections between various bodies of knowledge; engaging museum visitors through the senses
Led by Emilie Sitzia

Making Cultures

Design thinking through project creation and execution; reimagining public spaces
Led by Costas Papadopoulos

Seeing Normal

Cultivating art of noticing
Led by Anna Harris

Who Nose?

Training the sense of smell – How can smell help address different challenges? How might the use smell to inform investigation, and maybe even make it part of the intervention?
Led by Anna Harris

Let’s talk some sense into you…

Introduction to senses-based learning and how it can be used in professional practice
Led by Emilie Sitzia

Sharpening Your Senses

Training the senses for research, professional practice, and personal development
Led by Emilie Sitzia

Tropical Ecology

Practicing plant biology by engaging the body
Led by Roy Erkens

Practical Phenomenology

Practice phenomenological approach to user experience and develop phenomenological ‘attitude’
Led by Ike Kamphof

Diary Notations

Template researching Lived Experience, by Phenomenological (self) observation
Led by Ike Kampfhof

Teaching Sensory Anthropology

Have an understanding of how sensory awareness is put into practice by researchers in order to solve challenges of presentation and representation.
Led by Paula Serafini

Sounding Bodies

To compare musical instruments and the body as an instrument;

What if the body does not function well enough to train the instrument, the instrument needs specific care, or different ways of playing it can affect the sounds of the instrument? What if we take the body itself as an instrument, tune it, and join it with other bodies?
Led by Genevieve Murphy and Aart Strootman


Skin as a physical element. What is the role of the skin for the body? What are the smallest movements underlying it?
Led by Katja Heitmann

Performing Work

To discover and analyze the different versions of ourselves – a version of us when we work as opposed to a version that might not be as prevalent.
Led by Philippine Hoegen, Nirav Christophe and Carolien Stikker

Operation Mango

You will gain insight into a series of surgical practices by using fruits to simulate surgeries as well as learn how these procedures are carried out from start to finish using surgical tools such as scalpels.
Led by Anna Harris, Kaisu Koski and Bart Schrier

Listening as Intervention

In this workshop Davide Tidoni, together with dancer Simone Evangelisti, will invite participants to explore and investigate their own capacity to touch, filter, absorb, and block sound when realizing the performative potential of the scores. Through guided sequences and improvisational moments, participants will experiment in new ways to approach sound and listening as resources for developing movement and body awareness.
Led by Davide Tidoni and Simone Evangelisti

Catching Your Eye

Puppeteers and magicians are masters in directing your attention. They make you focus on one part of their performance and lose sight of the rest. This shows their skillful mastery of techniques, but also tells us something about our own way of perceiving. In this session, we explore both angles.
Led by Rachel Warr and Will Houstoun.

Analysing Media – Introduction to phenomenology as a research method

Learn to pay careful attention to your prereflective experience. In relation to specific structures in media
For analysing and discussing what this means for our mediated relation to the world, you need theoretical concepts.
Led by Ike Kamphof

Introduction to our podcasts

Members of the team share their experience in the Sister’s Hope Home

Sister’s Hope Home – Part 1

Members of the team share their experience in the Sister’s Hope Home

Sister’s Hope Home – Part 2

Members of the team share their experience in the Sister’s Hope Home

Sister’s Hope Home – Part 3

Members of the team share their experience in the Sister’s Hope Home

Sister’s Hope Home – Part 4

Members of the team share their experience in the Sister’s Hope Home

Sister’s Hope Home – Part 5

Members of the team share their experience in the Sister’s Hope Home

Sister’s Hope Home – Part 6

Members of the team share their experience in the Sister’s Hope Home

Sounding Media: Designers and Users

The course deepens the understanding of the field of sound studies already acquired in the module Sound Technologies and Cultural Practices. Where the Sound Technologies module focused on musical practices, the focus of this course will be sounds of a non-musical nature.
Led by: Dr. Alexandra Supper

Observing and representing: The history of the senses

Becoming aware of the complexity, multi-dimensionality and diversity of sensory experiences.
Led by: Dr. Alexandra Supper (DSS, coordinator)
Dr. Anna Harris (DSS), Dr. Annelies Jacobs (DSS), Dr. Jack Post (LK),
Dr. Jo Wachelder (History)

Creating Digital Collections II

Students use different design thinking methods to work together and make decisions, as well as to wireframe and prototype the digital collection.
Led by: Dr Costas Papadopolous & Dr Susan Schreibman

Sensory Studies of Science

In this course, we will explore the role of the senses and embodied practices in a variety of scientific disciplines and different sites of knowledge-production, and encounter the method of sensory ethnography as a tool to study the senses in the sciences.
Led by: Dr. Alexandra Supper

Exploring Senses Cards

In this student Premium project ‘Exploring senses’ students created cards and a training manual for sensory education. Premium Project are interfaculty students collaborations.

Creating Digital Collections I

The course ‘Creating Digital Collections’ will introduce you to a new skill: 3D digitisation and modelling to present and disseminate material culture.
Led by: Dr Costas Papadopolous & Dr Susan Schreibman

Sensory maps

Examples of student produced sensory maps

Senses and Evaluation – PART 1 – LARP Experiment

A student’s perspective on LARP Experiment.
Podcast by: Marjorie Platero Martinez (honour’s student)

Senses and Evaluation – PART 2 – How to evaluate sensory education/skills?

A student’s perspective on how to evaluate sensory education/skills.
Podcast by: Marjorie Platero Martinez (honour’s student)

Podcast – teacher

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Sensing the Past – A workshop in applied sensory archaeology and heritage assessment

Knowledge sharing in sensory approach to the built environment.
Led by: Pamela Jordan and Sara Mura 

Ice breaker – Home at the museum

Led by: Emilie Sitzia

Ice breaker – Museum Smells

Led by: Emilie Sitzia

Digital Sensory workshop

Training the senses to use in analysis of museum spaces and assess impact of sensory stimuli on museum audiences.
Led by: Emilie Sitzia.

Collective observation exercise

Objective statement / Intended effect of the tool: Observing, not interpreting or explaining.
By Ike Kamphof

The senses in the museum and theater: presentation theory and strategies

Students will be asked to read and criticize 2000 years of thought on cognition and proprioception of the multisensory aspects of art and performance. Visits to the Yale museums – Yale University Art Gallery, Center for British Art, Peabody, and Musical Instruments – as well as special exhibitions at Yale and elsewhere will focus on how objects and their presentation appeal to the senses.
Led by: Frederick John Lamp

Later Imperial China: A Sensory History

The course is devoted to helping students understand how to creatively and rigorously interpret its primary documents (including texts, artifacts, and, where possible, sensations) alongside the best of recent historical writing about Chinese history.
Led by: Carla Nappi

Knowing by Sensing

Learning objectives: Students are familiar with the most important concepts and elements in the history of the senses in modern and early modern Europe (1500-now).
Students will learn to enlarge their sensory vocabulary and reflect on the sensory perception by means of a sense-log.

Bodies, Spaces, Performances

Learning objectives: Graduate learning outcomes in this course focus on learner skills in four general areas (1. Knowledge and Thinking, 2. Conceptual and Creative Activity, 3. Communication & Literacy, 4. Capacity for Autonomy & Leadership
Led by: Mark Lipton

Anthropology of Sound

Learning objectives: This course is designed to sensitize students to the often-forgotten presence of sounds in everyday life. More than just a phenomenological account of sound, the course proposes to consider all sound-related dimensions (noise, music, voice, silence, etc.) as significant elements of research and analysis.
Led by: Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier