The Sensory Landscapes of the Past
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Course title in Estonian
Mineviku visuaalsed ja aistilised keskkonnad
Course title in English
The Sensory Landscapes of the Past
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
Kersti Markus (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To provide the opportunity to experience the past through sounds, tastes, smells and visually perceived landscapes.
Brief description of the course
The phrases ‘designed landscapes’ and ‘sensecapes’ marks a new approach in history writing. History is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be seen, smelled and tasted.
During the course different examples of perceptions of the surrounding world are being analysed: a lifestyle of a Knight in the Middle Ages, a Philosopher in the Renaissance period and a Merchant in the 17th Century. Special attention is being devoted to the Baltic German Landlords in the 18-19th Century.
Independent work
Reading and analysing of the required and recommended literature. Presentation in seminars based on required literature.
Learning outcomes in the course
The Student is able to analyse information, which is not based on facts but sensuously perceptive, and to discuss about the formation and transformation of the different visual and sensory environments of the past.
Assessment methods
Written essay about a chosen topic; active participation in the workshop and fieldworks; structured written exam.
Professor Kersti Markus
Replacement literature
Andrews, M. Landscape and Western Art. Oxford History of Art. 1999.
Creighton, O. H. Designs Upon the Land. Elite Landscapes of the Middle Ages. Boydell Press. 2009/2013.
Rublack, U. Dressing Up. Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe. Oxford University Press 2010.
Jardine, L. Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance. London, 1996.
Ackerman, J. S. The Villa: Form and Ideology of Country houses. London 1990.
Harris, J. The Artist and the Country House: A History of Country House and Garden View Painting 1540-1870. London, 1979.
Müller, Hans Rüdiger. 1998. Ästhesiologie der Bildung: Bildungstheoretische Rückblicke auf die Anthropologie der Sinne im 18. Jahrhundert. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Porteous, J. Douglas. 1990. Landscapes of the mind: worlds of sense and metaphor. University of Toronto Press.
Rodaway, Paul. 1994. Sensuous Geographies: Body, Sense, and Place. London, New York: Routledge.
Smith, Mark M. 2007. Sensing the Past. Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History. Berkeley, Los Angeles: University of California Press.