Tag: sensory anthropology

Giving names to aromas in Aslian languages

gregdowney , August 16th, 2021

The sanitary and mechanical age we are now entering makes up for the mercy it grants to our sense of smell by the ferocity with which it assails…


Life in the Dark

gregdowney , August 16th, 2021

Image by Pexels from Pixabay  (I am republishing a lot of ‘legacy content’ from our PLOS Neuroanthropology weblog, which has been taken down, along with many of the other found…


A Five Course Degustation for the Changing “Australian” Palette

Matthew Phung , June 6th, 2021

To this day, I love fried Spam and eggs. The crunchy and salty slice of processed mystery meat dipped in just cooked egg yolk is one of my…

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ANZAC Cookies

Alex D'Aloia , September 13th, 2020

If you’re an Australian, the title of this blog post likely felt kind of strange to you. Perhaps it just felt a bit wrong or maybe it made…

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Beyond the sensory art of sorting fruit

The Familiar Strange , September 8th, 2019

Sorting fruit may be a sensory art, and it is possible to get entirely lost in the aesthetics of skilful hands and the physicality of localised knowledge. But…

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#LondonVegans: Deliberating, sensing and practicing vegans in a non-vegan city

Haidy Geismar , November 17th, 2016

Zachary Hecht, UCL Digital Anthropology Msc Student Why would somebody forgo juicy steaks, delicate smoked salmon, velvety goat cheese, and the many seemingly delicious foods people eat? Why…

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From the Archives: Asifa Majid on language and olfaction

gregdowney , September 10th, 2014

When I first ran across Asifa Majid’s  article with Ewelina Wnuk in Cognition, about how speakers of Maniq, a language indigenous to southern Thailand, have a vocabulary for…