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Sandalwood and Jasmine: Perfumery in Early India
7:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Date: January 10, 2019 to January 10, 2019
Where: The Institute for Art and Olfaction, 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles, California, United States, 90007
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Event Type: Other
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Historian and USC professor James McHugh returns to the IAO for a talk about the role of scent in early India. Drawing from the research that led to his seminal book ‘Sandalwood and Carrion,' James will share some formulas while exploring philosophical, literary and religious interpretations and usages of scent - and the wider impact aroma had on early Indian culture. Join us! - About James McHugh After receiving his BA in Philosophy from Cambridge and his M.Phil in Classical India Religion at Oxford University, McHugh received his Ph.D in Sanskrit from Harvard University in 2008. McHugh's PhD focus was on perfume making in ancient India, and he is probably the very first graduate student to officially attach and archive scents as part of his PhD thesis. He did this through a series of historic reconstitutions with perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. He is now a professor of Indian religions at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, continuing his research on the history of the sense of smell and perfumery with a focus on India. McHugh recently concluded a fellowship with Cornell University's Society for the Humanities, and his book on smell, ‘Sandalwood and Carrion', was published by Oxford University Press in September 2012.  
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