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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 
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Start date : 
October, 2018
Thesis Topic: 
A Whiff of the Silk Road: the Reshaping of the Tang Smellscape
Research Summary: 
My research examines how contacts with the wider world through the Silk Roads changed both the smellscape and the olfactory culture in Tang China. Through the close examination of olfactory sensations and perceptions registered in medieval textual and visual sources, I focus on the embodied experience of the people in the Tang and show how cultural exchanges shaped the fundamental ways in which they sensed the world.