What the Body Knows

How do taste, smell, and touch create meaning?

This symposium invites research papers that investigate embodied senses (taste, smell, and/or touch) in biblical & non-canonical texts, with a focus on the cognitive-linguistic, biological, and metaphorical ways that senses create meaning.

Scholarship on taste, smell, and touch often tends to focus on the sociological aspects of sensory experience. This symposium aims to take a cognitive approach to biblical modes of tasting, smelling, and touching in order to explore ancient religious experience. Topics for discussion include cognitive linguistics, metaphor theory, affect and the senses, biological and chemical modes of sensory experience, as well as the relationship between biblical literature and the embodiment. Studies engaging with non-canonical texts are very welcome.