CHORD Conference: ‘Retailing and the Senses: Historical Perspectives’


Image courtesy of M&S Company Archive, T600/59

The programme of the 2013 CHORD Conference, which will take place at the Marks and Spencer Company Archive, Leeds, on 5 September 2013, is now ready and registration is open.

9.30 – 10.00 Clare Backhouse, Courtauld Institute of Art, UK, ‘Broadside ballads, Dress and the Senses in Seventeenth-Century England’

10.00 – 10.30 Lucy A. Bailey, University of Northampton, UK, ‘An Assault on the Senses: Cultural Representations of the Victorian Village Shop’

 10.30 – 11.00 coffee

 11.00 – 11.30 Ben Highmore, Sussex University, UK, ‘Provençal Herbs and the Chicken Brick: Sensual Orchestration at the first Habitat Store’

11.30 -12.00 Ai Hisano, University of Delaware, US, ‘The Color of Taste: Selling Food in Clear Packages in the Early-Twentieth-Century United States’

12.00- 13.30 Lunch and Tour of the Archives

13.30 – 14.45 A Touch of Cloth

Serena Dyer, University of Warwick, UK, ‘”Discomposing the Goods”: Sensory Shopping and the Consumption of Clothing, 1750-1850’

Angela Loxham, Lancaster University, UK, ‘Clothing, Touch and Liberal Governance

 Danielle Sprecher, University of Leeds and Leeds Museums and Galleries, UK, ‘How Does It Handle? The Place of Cloth in the Marketing and Selling of Menswear in Britain, c.1945-1980’

14.45 – 15.15 Stephanie Rains, NUI Maynooth, Ireland, ‘Touch Wood: Women, Shopping and the Politics of Sitting Down’

15.15 – 15.45 coffee

15.45 – 16.30 Contemporary Retailing and the Senses

Amber Martin, University of Nottingham, UK, ‘Sex Shops and the Senses: The Sensory Nature of Sex Product Consumption’

Tracy Smith, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, ‘A Comparative Analysis of Factors Affecting the Consumer’s Attitude to Purchasing Fashion Clothing within the Physical and Online Retail Environments’

16.30 – 17.00 Katy Mullin, University of Leeds, UK, ‘Victorian Shop-girls, Sexuality and the Senses’

For more INFORMATION about the conference and to REGISTER see the Conference web-page, at:


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