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A Sensory Education is one of the first monographs to come out of the Making Clinical Sense project. It will be published by Bloomsbury in September 2020, in the Sensory Studies series edited by David Howes. A Sensory Education takes a close look at how sensory awareness is learned and taught in expert and everyday settings around the world. Anna shows that our sensing is not innate or acquired, but in fact evolves through learning that is shaped by social and material relations. This book offers an insider's guide to the uncanny and taken-for-granted ways in which adults are trained to improve their senses. Examples vary from cooking classes, to perfumery classes and medical training. The book features diverse sources of sensory education, including instructors, field manuals, mannequins, cookbooks and flavour charts. A Sensory Education is a great book for those interested in how our sensory skills are trained. Scholars and students of anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy of the senses and food studies will also find much of interest. The book itself has links and connections to media content that you can already find below. Enjoy!

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Lesson 1: How to Make a Cyanometer and Other Lessons in Blue


  • Paint cards from a hardware store
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • A compass
  • A sturdy piece of cardboard
  • Glue
  • White stickers
  • Blue-tack (or white-tack)
  • A music player to play Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue.


  1. Put music on, suggested listening being Kind of Blue. In 1959, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis assembled his ideal sextet. Using simple musical scales, instead of the complex harmonic progressions of their contemporaries, they attempted, in five mesmeric tracks, to redefine an art form and capture the essence of all that was blue.
  2. Take a compass and draw two circles on the sturdy card, one of approximately 30cm diameter and the other of approximately 20cm diameter. If you don’t have a compass you can use dinner plates and saucers.
  3. Fold the 40 colour sample cards in half and glue halves together, then cut in half again.
  4. Put white stickers at the bottom of each colour card.
  5. Arrange the sample cards in a circle, using blue-tack to hold into place so that the correct spacing can be achieved (10 cards should fit in one quarter).
  6. Glue the cards in place.
  7. Number the white stickers from 1-40 with a marker.
  8. Take outside and measure the blueness of the sky. There is a blank page overleaf for you to record your observations.