The Salon and the Senses

in the Long Eighteenth Century:

March 4-5, 2021

A virtual conference hosted by Rutgers University- New Brunswick

 About the conference 

The conference “The Salon and the Senses in the Long Eighteenth Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” seeks to join the intellectual heritage of the salons with their multidisciplinary, multisensory natures. We will explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile aspects of the salon, considering the arts and sensory pleasures of the salon alongside the verbal arts—the poetry, literature, theater, and conversation—that were cultivated there.


Salons of the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries knew no disciplinary boundaries. More than other institutions of the age, salons offered their habitués opportunities to engage with a wide range of social, cultural, artistic, literary, and verbal practices. A multidisciplinary approach requires that we—like salon hostesses and guests before us—open our minds across modern intellectual boundaries and reanimate the embodied practices of the institution. By bringing together scholars from numerous fields, we hope to shed new light on salons in all of their complexity. Above all, we seek to understand the multi-sensory nature of the salon: its sights, sounds, tastes, and smells; its conversations, texts, and subtexts.

Click here to register for the conference!

Zoom links will be provided.

Office of Research and Innovation, in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Center for Cultural Analysis

Department of French, SAS

Department of Music, MGSA

Department of History, SAS

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For more information on the “Experiencing the Salon” working group at the Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA) at Rutgers New Brunswick:

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