Sentience Lecture Series

Sentience Lecture Series

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Sensory Studies and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC)


Guest speaker - Lauren Hayes: Site-Responsive Sonic Art


This virtual lecture series will probe the bounds and varieties of sentience. The aim is to arrive at a general theory of sentience, in all its multiplicity. All lectures are held via Zoom. Follow the links to the individual events to learn more and register.

Questions include:

  • What is sentience?

  • Is it contingent on the possession of a nervous system?

  • How is sentience distributed beyond the human?

  • How does sentience differ from intelligence (including Artificial Intelligence)?

Topics include:

  • Plant-sensing

  • Animal senses

  • Human sentience

  • Environmental-sensing

  • Animate artefacts

  • Machine-sensing

  • New media art

Sentience is organized by David Howes, professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Sponsored by the Centre for Sensory Studies and co-sponsored by the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC) and two CISSC Working Groups: Colonial, Racial and Indigenous Ecologies (CRIE) and Sensing Atmospheres.