Work and Smell: Comparative Perspectives – Programme

25-26 April 2024

Programme

(All times are British Summer Time [GMT+1])

 

Day One, Thursday 25 April 2024

10.00-10.15: Welcome and introductory remarks (Lucia Boldrini and Frank Krause, Goldsmiths, CCL)

10.15-11.35: Panel 1: Smell and Spaces of Labour: Industry and Administration

Anne M. Mulhall (St Louis University Madrid): The Scent of Time: Smells in Contemporary Office Literature

Manon Raffard (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon): Miasmatic Nature. Industrial Smellscapes and Environmental Pollution in the Poetry of Joris-Karl Huysmans and Emile Verhaeren (1880-1895)

11.35-11.45: Short break

11.45-13.05 Panel 2: Smell and Domestic Work: Lives in India

Minu Susan Koshy (Mar Thoma College for Women/Mahatma Gandhi University Perumbavoor): ‘Othered’ Odours of Culinary Work in Indian Narratives: Decoding Cultural Representations of the ‘Stench’ of Dried Fish in India

Himanshu Kumar (University of Delhi): Marriage, Motherhood, and Malodor in Amrita Pritam’s ‘Stench of Kerosene’

13.05-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-14.55: Plenary Lecture 1

Janice Carlisle (Yale University): Smelling Like a Rose: Victorian Work in Word and Image

14.55-16.15: Panel 3: Smell, Work and Social Recognition: Themes in Germany

Sergej Rickenbacher (RWTH Aachen): The Smell and Stench of Industrial Coal in GDR Literature (Eduard Claudius, Wolfgang Hilbig)

Neslihan Sriram-Uzundal and Jayanthan Sriram (Concordia University, Montreal): Ephemeralizing Difference: German Guestworkers between Atmo-Racism and Olfactory Perseverance

16.15-16.30: Short break

16.30-17.50: Panel 4: Decadence between Scent and Work: French and American Perspectives

Cheryl Krueger (University of Virginia): Blood Sausage and Violet Perfume: Foodwork, Domestic Service, and the Production of a Fragrant Grotesque

Sebastian A. Kukavica (University of Zagreb): The Reek of Decay: Smell and Decadence in Ellis’ American Psycho and Palahniuk’s Pygmy (18.00-18.30 local time)

17.50-18.45: Plenary Lecture 2

Hans J. Rindisbacher (Pomona College, Claremont): From Avantgarde to Specialization: A Sensory Trajectory

18.45-19.00: Final discussion and concluding remarks

 

Day Two, Friday 26 April 2024

10.00-10.15: Welcome and introductory remarks (Lucia Boldrini and Frank Krause, Goldsmiths, CCL)

10.15-11.35: Panel 5: Creativity and Smell in French and German Literature

Érika Wicky (University of Grenoble): Turpentine and Tobacco: the Perfume of the Painter’s Studio in Nineteenth-Century France

Fabio Ramasso (University of Turin): Patrick Süskind’s Perfume. Fragrance Industry as a Social Liberation for the Outcast

11.35-11.45: Short break

11.45-13.05 Panel 6: Smells and History: Salvific and Economic Processes

Katherine McKee (University of Oxford): Smell as Work in Dante’s Terrace of the Gluttons

Magdalena Krzyżanowska (University of Warsaw): Sign or Stigma? The Smell of the Factory in Polish Prose Texts from the Second Half of the 19th and early 20th Centuries

13.05-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-14.40: Panel 7: Smell, Work and Social Recognition: Themes in North America

Brian Martin (Williams College, Williamstown, MA): The Smell of Lumber: Masculine Labor and Olfactory Vitality in the North American Woods

14.40-15.00: Final discussion and concluding remarks


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