New Publication: Mediality of smell/Médialité des Odeurs (eds. Jean-Alexandre Perras & Erika Wicky)


The study of scents and all things olfactory is thriving, a sign of the great interest that our information-based society feels for a sense that seems to offer a direct and immediate experience of reality. But smells resist description and representation, especially given that they are closely linked to individual personal experience, and their perception has changed through time and space in a myriad of ways. This volume aims to contribute to the flourishing multidisciplinary exchanges around smells by examining the question of their mediality, focusing on the mechanisms by which the olfactory experience, as well as the scents themselves, circulate and are diffused, but also by exploring the modes of smell as a medium in itself. Drawing on a wide variety of approaches, cultural zones, and historical periods, this volume gathers the contributions of twenty-one researchers who specialize in this field in order to explore the multiple aspects of olfactory culture, which characterizes and shapes our relations to smells.
La richesse de l’actualité en matière d’odeurs et d’odorat témoigne du vif intérêt de nos sociétés de l’information pour un sens qui semble offrir une saisie directe et immédiate du réel. Circulant de manière très variable à travers le temps et l’espace, les odeurs font l’objet d’une perception qui résiste d’autant plus à la description et à la représentation qu’elle reste individuelle et liée à l’histoire personnelle. Ce volume vise à contribuer aux échanges interdisciplinaires sur l’olfaction à travers la question de la médialité, en s’interrogeant sur les mécanismes par lesquels l’expérience olfactive et les odeurs sont transmises et diffusées, mais aussi en explorant les modalités de l’odeur comme médium. Proposant une diversité d’approches, d’aires culturelles et de périodes, ce volume rassemble les contributions de vingt-et-un spécialistes qui étudient comment la culture olfactive caractérise et construit nos rapports aux odeurs.

Table Of Contents

  • Couverture
  • Titre
  • Copyright
  • À propos des directeurs de la publication
  • À propos du livre
  • Pour référencer cet eBook
  • Table des matières
  • Liste des illustrations
  • Préface : Les sens du sentir (Chantal Jaquet)
  • Introduction : Culture olfactive et médialité des odeurs (Jean-Alexandre Perras et Érika Wicky)
  • Introduction: Olfactive culture and mediality of smells (Jean-Alexandre Perras and Érika Wicky)
  • Partie I Perfumes / Parfums
  • L’Osmothèque : une bibliothèque des évanescences (Entretien avec Isabelle Reynaud-Chazot)
  • The art of hospitality: Incense burners and the welcoming ceremony in the Medieval Islamic society (7th–15th centuries) (Sterenn Le Maguer-Gillon)
  • La poudre et le petit-maître en France et en Angleterre au XVIIIe siècle : parfum de gloire, parfum de ruelle (Jean-Alexandre Perras)
  • ‘Des parfums où la chair se damne’ : entre séméiologie médicale et morale des apparences. L’odor di femmina et l’imaginaire fin-de-siècle (Eugénie Briot)
  • Partie II The smell of books / L’odeur des livres
  • Eduardo Kac, the olfactive poet (Ada Ackerman)
  • Preserving historic smells: The question of authenticity (Cecilia Bembibre and Matija Strlič)
  • ‘L’odeur du cabinet, cette odeur liquoreuse, chaude de la fumée du tabac’ : A linguistic approach to the necessary contextualization of odours in Zola’s Le Ventre de Paris (Rémi Digonnet)
  • ‘This [Smelly] Little World: Smell and identity in Francis Brett Young’s The Young Physician’ (JONATHAN REINARZ AND LUDMILLA JORDANOVA)
  • Partie III Images
  • Nommer et montrer l’odeur : étiquettes et contenants en parfumerie et cosmétique à la fin du XIXe siècle (Rosine Lheureux)
  • La peinture qui pue : les odeurs dans les salons caricaturaux français du XIXe siècle (Frédérique Desbuissons)
  • Représenter les parfums par la peinture (1850–1914) (Christina Bradstreet)
  • Partie IV Architecture
  • Peter Sloterdijk : de la ‘miasmologie’ à l’Air Design (Manola Antonioli)
  • La chimie des fosses d’aisances parisiennes dans les années 1780 : miasmes et air vicié (Marie Thébaud-Sorger)
  • On the importance of habituation in the spatial mediality of smells (Suzel Balez)
  • Partie V Olfactive concerts / Concerts olfactifs
  • Smell-sound synaesthesia as revelatory medium: A brief history with emphasis on German literature (1900–1930) (Frank Krause)
  • Concerts olfactifs fin-de-siècle : les parfums entre vibrations et matière (Giusy Pisano et Érika Wicky)
  • L’invention de l’orgue à senteurs : sur l’interdépendance de la littérature et de l’objet technique (Sergej Rickenbacher)
  • Notes sur les auteur·trice·s
  • Index
  • Titres de la collection

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Archéologue spécialiste de la péninsule Arabique et du commerce dans l'océan Indien, vacataire à l'Institut catholique de Paris, chercheure associée au CEFREPA.

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New publication: Riches Beyond the Horizon Long-distance Trade in Early Medieval Landscapes (ca. 6th-12th centuries)

Riches Beyond the Horizon
Long-distance Trade in Early Medieval Landscapes (ca. 6th-12th centuries)

H. Nol (ed.)

320 p., 106 colour ill., 16 b/w tables, 178 x 254 mm, 2021
ISBN: 978-2-503-59981-6
Languages: English

The book offers innovative perspectives, exciting historical insights and often astonishing archaeological data on long distance trade and the mobility of goods during Early Medieval times in the Indian Ocean area, the Mediterranean, East Africa, the Near East and northern Europe.

This book offers new and innovative perspectives on long-distance trade between Europe, the Mediterranean area, the Middle East, Africa, India and China during the Early Medieval period. The archaeological data and historical insights presented in this volume are without exception of great interest, often exciting, and more than once astonishing. The goods which travelled between the continents in the timespan under discussion (ca. 6th to 12th centuries) include pottery in all shapes and forms, textiles, coins, metal, lava millstones, glass, marble columns, rock-crystal beads, and also plants used for incense. 

The scope of the contributions includes the wide-ranging economic contacts of a Viking community, the changing patterns of long-distance trade in the Byzantine Empire, the spread of Chinese pottery to Africa, the Near East and Europe, the information on maritime routes provided by shipwrecks in the Java Sea, the reconstruction of an incense trade network, and the production and distribution of textiles as well as stone objects in the Middle East and beyond.

The varied approaches in this volume underline that the movement of objects in Early Medieval times over vast distances not only reflect mechanisms of exchange, but also imply social networks and the transfer of ideas. Thus, Riches Beyond the Horizon sheds compelling light on a world which was much more complex and much more interconnected than has often been assumed.Hagit Nol was awarded with a PhD by Universität Hamburg and holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the Université libre de Bruxelles. She combines archaeology with a critical reading of textual sources. Table of Contents

Joanita Vroom, Preface

Hagit Nol, Long distance trade in the Early Medieval period: A general introduction

Natalie Kontny, Arabo-Islamic geographies:Indian Ocean trade in Ibn KhurradKit (fl. 884 CE)

Sterenn Le Maguer-Gillon, Elusive remains: Identifying incense trade routes in western Asia from biodegradable commodities (ca. 7th-13th centuries)

Dashu Qin & Justin Ching Ho, Chinese ceramics exported to Africa during the 9th-10th centuries

Guangcan Xin, Maritime trade in Southeast Asia from the 9th-10th centuries: A study of the Belitung and Cirebon Shipwrecks

Joanita Vroom, From Xian to Birka and back: Constantinople as a nodal point in long-distance contacts during the early Middle Ages (ca. 6th-12th centuries)

Hagit Nol, Rolling stones: Distribution patterns of marble, basalt and beach rock from Early Medieval Israel (ca. 7th-11th centuries)

Orit Shamir & Alisa Baginski, Early medieval textiles from excavations in Israel (9th-13th centuries) trade and Transfer

Ralf Wiechmann, Advancing into unknown lands: The numismatic material of Gros Stromkendorf near Wismar during the Early Viking age (ca. 8th-9th centuries)


Sterenn Le Maguer

Archéologue spécialiste de la péninsule Arabique et du commerce dans l'océan Indien, vacataire à l'Institut catholique de Paris, chercheure associée au CEFREPA.

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