David Howes is Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Centre for Sensory Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. He has conducted field research on the cultural life of the senses in the Massim and Middle Sepik River regions of Papua New Guinea, Northwestern Argentina, and the Southwestern United States. He recently completed a project exploring the sensory life of things in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. He has collaborated with Bianca Grohmann and Constance Classen on a project investigating historic and contemporary trends in multisensory marketing, and is currently involved in a research creation project together with Chris Salter (Design Art) entitleed “Mediations of Sensation.”
David is the editor of, among other works, The Varieties of Sensory Experience (Toronto, 1991), Cross-Cultural Consumption (Routledge, 1996), Empire of the Senses (Berg, 2004), and A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age, 1920-2000 (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is the co-author (with Constance Classen and Anthony Synnott) of Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell (Routledge, 1994), and (also with Constance Classen) Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society (Routledge, 2013). He is the sole author of Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory (Michigan, 2003).
David is the general editor of the Sensory Formations series from Berg and forthcoming Sensory Studies series from Bloomsbury, as well as a founding editor of the journal The Senses and Society.
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