David Howes


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Most Recent Affiliation / Department / Job Title:


  • Concordia University, _Professor

Past or Other Affiliation / Department / Job Title:


  • McGill University, Adjunct Professor

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  • ISEA2020

    David Howes is a Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University, Montreal. He has conducted field research on the cultural life of the senses in the Middle Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea, Northwestern Argentina, and the Southwestern United States. He is currently directing a project on “Law and the Regulation of the Senses” and collaborating with new media artist Christopher Salter to produce a series of art installations that re-arrange the senses. His latest publications include Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society (2014) co-authored with Constance Classen from Routledge, and the four-volume Senses and Sensation: Critical and Primary Sources compendium (2018), also now from Routledge. He is the Managing editor of the journal The Senses and Society.

    ISEA2013

    David Howes is Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal and the Director of the Centre for Sensory Studies. He is the co-author of Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society (2013, with Constance Classen), author of Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory, (2003), and editor of  The Varieties of Sensory Experience (1991), Cross-Cultural Consumption (1996)  and Empire of the Senses (2005). He has carried out field research on the cultural life of the senses  in Argentina, Arizona, and Papua New Guinea. His other research interests revolve around medical anthropology, psychological anthropology, legal sociology, and cross-cultural jurisprudence.


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  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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