Sensation / Perception / Experience

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Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

March 18th and 19th, 2016

Binghamton University

Multidisciplinary, multi-vocal academic conference with a global geographic and broad temporal reach, presented by the Art History Graduate Student Union

Keynote Speakers:

Andrew Walkling, Binghamton University

Jason Middleton, University of Rochester




Sensation: the ability of a living organism to physically detect information exterior from its self

Perception: the cognitive process of interpreting exterior information into something meaningful

Experience: entering meaning into one’s stored memories


The Art History Graduate Student Union at Binghamton University invites submissions for our twenty-fourth annual Crossing the Boundaries Conference. This year’s conference focuses on the visceral, mental, and emotional response to a variety of stimuli, and asks the following questions: how do human senses impact reception? How are memories triggered? How does perception change across varying cultures, epochs, geographic locations, genders or sexual orientations? These questions are meant as jumping-off points from which we invite submissions from any historical or disciplinary approach that considers the body or mind’s interaction and reaction to external stimuli.


Potential topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Perception of space and time
  • Hermeneutics
  • Affect theory
  • Psychophysics
  • Materiality and De-materiality
  • Cultural and social factors as influencing perception
  • Biological factors impacting experience
  • Linguistic perception
  • Sensations of reality or illusion



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