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Non/Sensual encounters

is an invitation to rethink what counts as knowledge in the current academic and the art world. In a series of encounters we will revisit all available senses to gain a more holistic way of doing academy and doing the arts.

The course design draws on the history of Cultural Studies, Disability and Queer Studies. It has a strong focus on playfulness and working hands – and senses – on.

Together, we will produce a zine and a panel contribution to the conference DisAbling Normativities, organized by the WiCDS – Wits Centre for Diversity Studies.

Sign up for the class with your host Katharina Fink till September 17th,  2019,


There are 15 seats available.

This class is enabled by the support of the DAAD – the German Academy Exchange Service. Check out their services at

and realized as a cooperation with WiCDS

on the necessity of the non/sensual


sense noun (ABILITY)

 an ability to understandrecognizevalue, or react to something, especially any of the five physical abilities to seehearsmelltaste, and feel:

nonsense noun

an idea, something said or written, or behaviour that is silly or stupid:

language that cannot be understood because it does not mean anything

sensual adjective
expressing or suggesting physicalespecially sexualpleasure or satisfaction

Mash-Up, Cambridge Dictionary

Non/sensual encounters:Enabling critical inquiries
A collective exploration of the sensual and the non/sensual, as a critical masterclass for everyone: Artists, art educators, museum people, academic staff, vendors, dancers, students, teachers. Feel free and join this migrating experience. Together, we will create an input for the conference DisAbling Normativities, held at Wits from October 1st till 3rd, 2019. The contribution will be in form of a scene on DisAbling Sensual Conventions. 

Available seats: 15 maxSign up till September 17th, 2019 with: 

Host: Dr. Katharina Fink (Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, iwalewabooks)

This class is a cooperation between the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies and BayFinK/University of Bayreuth, Germany. It is made possible the DAAD. Participants receive a certificate of participation by the University of Bayreuth’s Centre for Inclusion in Universities and Cultural Institutions.