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Sensory Network

Andrea Smitten

Affiliation: UM

Expertise: Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist and Qualified Teacher


Aristofanis Soulikias

Affiliation: Concordia University

Expertise: Architecture, Film Animation, Drawing, Film Editing, Conservation of historic buildings


Arthur Willemse

Affiliation: Faculty of Law, Maastricht University

Expertise: My academic expertise is in contemporary European thought, Philosophical Theology, Political and Legal Philosophy, and Philosophy & Literature. I am Ambassador for the Sensed-Based Learning-Comenius project with the Law Faculty.


Barbara Strating

Affiliation: Curator of Art Maastricht University

Expertise: Barbara Strating works as a curator of art and public programming at the UM and works as an advisor for museums on accessibility for people with disabilities by including all senses in mediating art.


Camille Bellet

Affiliation: University of Manchester

Expertise: I am a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Humanities and Social Science at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester. I have a background in veterinary medicine and have an interest in interdisciplinary research on our relationships with cows, pigs, and chickens and how to account for non-human animals’ sensory experiences in knowledge production on health and well-being. Using ethnographic and historical methods, my current research investigates the notion of ‘smart animal health’ and how digital sensing technologies reorganise cow healthcare in farming.


Caro Verbeek

Affiliation: Professor of sensory history at Vrije Universiteit and Curator at Kunstmuseum

Expertise: Sensory education expert (developed several courses on and through the senses including ‘Knowing by Sensing’ at VU, ‘the other senses’ at KABK, the ‘multisensory gaze’ at Rijksmuseum and ‘Big questions in the senses’ at AUC Founder and advisor of ‘Odeuropa’ Curator olfactory Mondrian and De Stijl (especially musical and kinaesthetic aspects) Olfactory tours Rhythm tours Olfactory reconstructions / olfactory heritage Founder of the first Dutch Scent Culture Program (Odorama at Mediamatic) PhD in olfactory museology and olfactory Futurism MA in olfactory art MA in tactile art Experienced Moderator


Costas Papadopoulos

Affiliation: Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Expertise: Costas' research spans the development of virtual worlds to interpret societies of the past, to the application of computational imaging to analyse material culture, to the use of (digital) ethnographic methods to evaluate digital pedagogy and interactive


Deborah Lupton

Affiliation: University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Expertise: I have a background in sociology, media studies and cultural studies and have researched a range of topics, investigating the sociocultural aspects of health and medicine, the body, and digital cultures.


Dr William Tullett

Affiliation: University of York

Expertise: William Tullett is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of York, a member of the Odeuropa project and the author of Smell in Eighteenth-Century England (2019) and Smell and the Past: Noses, Archives, Narratives (2023). The latter argues for the use of smelling in research, teaching, and engagement.


Germaine Sijstermans

Affiliation: Marres, Intro in Situ

Expertise: I'm a composer, clarinetist, installation artist, concert programmer, and music/art educator. I take an interest in the sensory and phenomenological experience of art, life and the world. These themes are both central to my artistic practice and work as an educator.


Hans Van Regenmortel

Affiliation: Musica Impulse Centre

Expertise: I am fascinated by musicality as a universal phenomenon and music as 'the prototype of the arts'. What do they teach us about what it means to be human? How can we relate to each other? How can we relate to the world? Can we understand our need for aesthetic experiences - as shaped within the arts - as the cultural form of our earliest interactions? These are the core elements that fuel my practice.


Harald Heinrichs

Affiliation: Leuphana University Lüneburg

Expertise: I am a sociologist working in the field of sustainability science with a specific focus on sustainability, politics and society. Over the past ten years I have experimented in teaching, research and transfer with sensory and arts-based approaches in order


Hester Bonnie Bulthuis

Affiliation: HBB

Expertise: Performance artist and teacher in (movement) theatre.


Ike Kamphof

Affiliation: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Maastricht University

Expertise: My research focuses on embodied ways of relating through mediating technologies in elderly care and nature conservation. I have expertise in the training of (post)phenomenology and (virtual)ethnography as sense based methodologies, and experience in co-op


Margherita Soldati

Affiliation: artist

Expertise: Margherita (Italy/the Netherlands, 1991) is an artist with a strong curiosity for tactile perception at the intersection of art and sensory well-being. She researches and translates stories and emotions through unconventional ways of using materials - creating three-dimensional patterns and surfaces. In a society that relies mainly on sight, she wants to make it possible to ‘see’ with other senses: in her practice, tactility is the medium through which she communicates and in her works, she often explores the tactile perception to create a more intimate and interactive relationship between the space, the work and the visitors.


Mark Lipton

Affiliation: University of Guelph

Expertise: Professor Mark Lipton currently works with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Science Communication Division, supporting the pedagogical training of ECCC's science communication professional development program, designed for over 2000 scientists. As an educator, he strikes a balance between theory and practice by employing alternative pedagogical models from multidisciplinary perspectives. He taught both middle and secondary school and worked as a teacher/educator and supervisor; he also works as a curricula specialist in the areas of communication, media, curriculum design, pedagogy, and assessment. He champions the educational uses of media and technology as promoting competence in multi-media literacies and advocates for its pedagogical value among Ontario public-school teachers and stakeholders. The funded project PrivacyStories and its PrivacyBooth studies young adults' negotiations with digital privacy policies. Prior funded research, the Media Education Project, led to Ontario Ministry of Education curricular changes supporting media education for students K-12. He wrote an award-winning media literacy textbook Smoke Screens: From Tobacco Outrage to Media Activism; has written numerous monographs on topics including performance, privacy, pedagogy, media, and education; is a co-editor of Visualizing the Web: Evaluating Online Design from A Visual Communication Perspective; and author of Research, Write, Create: Connecting Scholarship to Digital Media (w/T Gibson). Before coming to Guelph, Lipton directed the Media Ecology program at New York University, worked as a resource and site advisor for New York City public school teachers, taught at the Harvey Milk High School in New York City, held the Mellon Fellowship in Digital Humanities and Visual Literacy at Vassar College, and was the recipient of a Ford Foundation grant. He also spent time as the education director at the Children’s Media Project, a non-profit organization, where he led a team designing health promotion media literacy workshops. The New York State Department of Health and the Children’s Services Council of the United Way funded this multiyear research about health education, media literacy, and visual communication.


Maxime Le Calvé

Affiliation: Humboldt University, ExC Matters of Activity

Expertise: Maxime Le Calvé uses digital drawing as an ethnographic investigative device. He is also curating virtual reality experiences, which he frames as collaborative art-science inquiries aiming to stretch the senses of anthropologists and of their publics. He trained in general ethnology in Paris Nanterre and owns a PhD in social anthropology and in theater studies, from EHESS Paris and FU Berlin.


Nicolle Bassie – van den Elst

Affiliation: Lecturer Marketing and Supply Chain Management School of Business and Economics

Expertise: Education in the broadest sense of the word is one of my passions. Teaching is soo much more than "teaching". I am intrigued by the dynamics involved and forces at play.


Pablo Rojas

Affiliation: CII Viña Concha y Toro

Expertise: My work has focused on the development of skilled sensory and perceptual practices as the foundation for occupations and craft at both personal and intergenerational levels. This work has been built upon ethnographic case-studies on musical listening, the construction of musical instruments and currently, wine appreciation. I lead the Social Sciences Area at Viña Concha y Toro’s Center for Research and Innovation (CRI), conducting R&D for consumer research and new products.


Roy Erkens

Affiliation: Maastricht Science Programma, Maastricht University

Expertise: I have over 20 years experience in developing university modules and whole curricula, recently using Universal Design for Learning approaches. I have experimented with educational design that gives students an immersive educational experience. Assessment types that let students show the best work they can do have my preference.


Sueli Brodin

Affiliation: EDLAB – Maastricht University Centre for Teaching & Learning

Expertise: Communications


Tarja Laine

Affiliation: University of Amsterdam

Expertise: Tarja Laine is the author of Traumatic Cinema (2023), Emotional Ethics of The Hunger Games (2021), Bodies in Pain: Emotion and the Cinema of Darren Aronofsky (2015), Feeling Cinema: Emotional Dynamics in Film Studies (2011) and Shame and Desire: Emotion, Intersubjectivity, Cinema (2007). In addition, her essays on emotions and sensations in cinema and media have been published in various academic journals. Her research interests include cinematic emotions, film aesthetics and film-phenomenology. She also works as a visual artist, after having graduated from Wackers Academy (Amsterdam) in 2018.


Ulrike Scholtes

Affiliation: Zuyd, UvA

Expertise: Building on my background in art, bodywork and social science, I create body awareness exercises as artistic intervention. I do research and teach at the intersection of art and science, foregrounding the body of the researcher as sensitive research instrument and teaching body awareness as a way to calibrate the instrument. Building on my PhD research on “Feeling Techniques (making methods to articulate bodily practices)”, I currently conduct research in art education, articulating the sensory knowledge and embodied skills taught by professional art teachers (see


Vanessa Bakhuizen-van ‘t Hoogt

Affiliation: University of Groningen

Expertise: Vanessa Bakhuizen-van 't Hoogt is a PhD candidate at the Department of Art History and Material Culture. Her research is part of the NWO-project 'Curious Hands. Moving Making to the Core of Education' and focuses on the way in which making is learned and taught in educational workshops at the art academy. She develops and teaches various object-based, hands-on, and experiential courses at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Groningen as well as art history courses at Minerva Art Academy Groningen (BA Fine Art and Design in Education).