Anette Stenslund - PhD student
Basic research interest
Within the recent decades there has been an increasing awareness of human beings understood not only as logical reflecting but also as sensual living and experiencing beings. Despite a wide recognition of a multisensory human existence still visual and auditory aspects of life are bestowed the greatest attention while other sensory qualities are passed over or even completely ignore. This more or less partial and biased interest in specific sensory qualities takes place within a broad amount of research areas in academia and, as is the case, within museums and science communication initiatives.
One purpose of my PhD project is to develop new perspectives which are able to grasp some hitherto unexposed aspects of sensory existence. The inspiration for this is found in concepts of Faktizität, Eriegnis and Weltlichkeit by the late Martin Heidegger, some late thinking of Roland Barthes and newer phenomenological ideas about aesthetics and topography. The PhD-project aims at developing a sensitive approach to sensory experiences. Partly this is to be achieved by breaking the one-dimensional illumination of sensation and partly by developing perspectives which allow for a recognition of how sensory experiences affects our existence. Concepts of atmosphere, ambiance, moods and Stimmung are sources of inspiration from which I will work along.
As a PhD student at Medical Museum I have a background as a sociologist, Cand. Scient. Soc., from the University of Copenhagen. I have specialized in cultural sociology, sexuality and seduction. A museum visit can be about seduction too; it can be about fascinations, things that draw our attention, appeals in certain ways or it can simply be uninteresting or maybe even boring. These different qualities in experience make out the common feature of my ongoing research interest.
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