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Dr. Anna Sierpinska, PhD

Full Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Anna Sierpinska, PhD


1970: MSc in Mathematics with specialization in commutative algebra, from Warsaw University in Poland
1984: PhD in Mathematics with specialization in the didactics of mathematics, from the Higher School of Pedagogy, Cracow, Poland (presently named Pedagogical University in Cracow)
2006: Honorary Doctorate from the Lulea Tekniska Universitet

Research interests

Mathematics Education

Davydov’s approach to teaching mathematics at the elementary school level.

Measurement approach to teaching the notion of number, especially fractions.

Elementary mathematics teacher pre-service education.

The phenomenon of frustration in prerequisite mathematics courses at the university.

The development of a balance between theoretical and practical thinking in linear algebra students.

Didactic engineering in the domain of the teaching of linear algebra at the undergraduate level, using technology.

Students’ understanding of linear algebra.

The notion of understanding in mathematics.

Epistemological analyses of mathematical concepts with the help of the notions of epistemological obstacle and understanding - historical and ontogenetic perspectives.

Methodological problems of research into the development of mathematical concepts.

Methodological problems in research into the construction of meaning in the mathematics classroom.



David Howes, The Sensory Studies Manifesto: Tracking the Sensorial Revolution in the Arts and Human Sciences. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022.

David Howes (ed.), Senses and Sensation: Critical and Primary Sources. 4 volumes. Abingdon: Routledge, 2018

David Howes (ed.), A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age, 1920-2000, London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014

David Howes & Constance Classen, Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society, London and New York: Routledge, 2014

Davd Howes (ed.), The Sixth Sense Reader, Oxford and New York: Berg, 2009

David Howes (ed.), Empire of the Senses: The Sensual Culture Reader.< Oxford and New York: Berg, 2004 

David Howes, Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2003

David Howes, ed., Cross-Cultural Consumption: Global Markets, Local Realities, London and New York: Routledge, 1996

Constance Classen, David Howes & Anthony Synnott, Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell, London and New York: Routledge, 1994.


Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar Editor, 1996 (Portuguese trans.)
Tokyo: Chikuma-Shobo, 1997 (Japanese trans.)
Seoul: Hyunsil Cultural Studies, 2002 (Korean trans.)
Athens: Plethron, 2006 (Greek trans.)

David Howes (ed.), The Varieties of Sensory Experience: A Sourcebook in the Anthropology of the Senses, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991.

Thematic Issues of Journals

Veronique Dassié, Marie-Luce Gélard & David Howes, dirs., Habiter le monde: materialités, art, sensorialités. 44(1) Anthropologie et Sociétés, 2020

David Howes, ed. Troubling Law’s Sensorium: Explorations in Sensational Jurisprudence. 34(2) Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 2019

David Howes (ed.), Sensory Museology, 9(3) The Senses and Society, 2014

Devon Hinton, David Howes and Laurence Kirmayer  (eds.), Medical Anthropology of Sensations, 45(2) Transcultural Psychiatry, 2008

David Howes & Jean-Sébastien Marcoux (dirs.), La culture sensible, 30(3) Anthropologie et Sociétés, 2006

David Howes (ed.) Cross-Cultural Jurisprudence/La jurisprudence transculturelle, 20(1) The Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 2005

David Howes (ed.), Law and Popular Culture, 10(2) The Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 1995

David Howes (dir.), Frontières culturelles et marchandises, 18(3) Anthropologie et Sociétés, 1994

David Howes (dir.), Les cinq sens, 14(2) Anthropologie et Sociétés, 1990 

Select Book Chapters and Journal Articles (2012-2022)

“Quali(a)tative Methods: Sense-based Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities (2022) Qualitative Sociology Review 18(4): 18-37.

“In Defense of Materiality: Attending to the Sensori-Social Life of Things" (2022) Journal of Material Culture 27(3): 313-335  

“The Misperception of the Environment: A Critical Evaluation of the Work of Tim Ingold and an Alternative Guide to the Use of the Senses in Anthropological Theory” (2022) Anthropological Theory 22(4): 443-466 

"Rethinking congenital synaesthesia" Tangible Territory 1(3), 2021

Charles Spence, Fabiana Carvalho and David Howes.
“Metallic: A Bivalent, Ambimodal Material Property” (2021) I-Perception 

The Sensory Revolution Comes of Age," Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 39(2) : 128-37  

« Quand la recherché qualitative rencontre l’ethnographie sensorielle » (2020) Recherches Qualitatives – Hors-série « Les Actes » – 25: 1-7. Sensorialité, émotion et esthétique en recherché qualitative (sous la direction de Linda Rouleau et Sylvie Grosjean) 

«Next-Generation Sensory Anthropology »  in Sisa Calapi, Helma Korzybyska, Marie Mazzella di Bosco, & Pierre Peraldi-Mittelette, eds.  Sensibles ethnographies. Decalages sensoriels et attentionnels dans la recherche anthropologique,  Éditions Petra, 2020

“Whole-Body Sensing: Encountering the Forest with Henry David Thoreau.”
Sympoïétiques: Les Rencontres interdisciplinaires d'Hexagram, Édition 2020

Erin Lynch, David Howes and Martin French, “A Touch of Luck and a ‘Real Taste of Vegas’: A Sensory Ethnography of the Montreal Casino” (2020) The Senses and Society 15(2): 192-215

Veronique Dassié, Marie-Luce Gélard & David Howes, “Introduction: Habiter le monde.” (2020) Anthropologie et Sociétés 44(1): 1-16

« Sentir le monde: Analyse critique, esthétique et juridique de la construction matérielle du sensorium moderne. » (2020) Anthropologie et Sociétés 44(1)

“Digging Up the Sensorium: On the Sensory Revolution in Archaeology” in Robin Skeates and Jo Day, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Sensory Archaeology, 21-34. London: Routledge, 2020.

Marie-Josée Blanchard and David Howes, “Les sens assoupis : la vie sociale et sensorielle des artefacts dans l’espace muséal » (2019) Anthropologica 61(2) : 322-33

“Prologue: Introduction to Sensori-Legal Studies” (2019) The Canadian Journal of Law and Society 34(2): 173-90.

“Multisensory Anthropology.” (2019) Annual Review of Anthropology48: 17-28.

David Howes with the late Clifford Geertz and Roseline Lambert. “Boasian Soundings: An Interrupted History of the Senses (and Poetry) in Anthropology” (2018) Amerikastudien/American Studies 63(4): 473-488 (special issue: Boasian Vistas)

“Embodiment and the Senses” in Michael Bull, ed., The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies, 24-34. London and New York: Routledge, 2018

"Afterword: The Skinscape - Reflections on the Dermalogical Turn," Body and Society 24(1-2), 2018

"Law’s Sensorium: On the Media of Law and the Evidence of the Senses" in  Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective. In Sheryl Hamilton et al (eds.)  Sensing Law. pp. 53-72. London and New York: Routledge, 2017

"Preface: David Le Breton and the Sociality of Sensation." In David Le Breton, Sensing the World: An Anthropology of the Senses. pp. vii-xi. Abingdon: Routledge, 2017

"Foreword: The Engagement of the Senses." In Nicholas Saunders and Paul Cornish, eds. Modern Conflict and the Senses. pp.xix-xxiii. London and New York: Routledge, 2017

"Music to the Eyes: Intersensoriality, Culture and the Arts." In Barry Truax et al (eds.), Routledge Companion to Sounding Art. London and New York: Routledge, 2016

Sensing Cultures: Cinema, Ethnography and the Senses." In Rupert Cox, Andrew Irving and Christopher Wright, eds., Beyond Text? Sensory Anthropology and Critical Practice. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016

Preface: Accounting for Taste." In Luca Vercelloni. The Invention of Taste: A Cultural Account of Desire, Delight and Disgust in Fashion, Food and Art, vii-xiv. Abingdon: Routledge, 2016

Mediations of Sensation: Designing Performative Sensory Environments." NMC Media-N 11(3) (with Chris Salter), 2015

The Science of Sensory Evaluation: An Ethnographic Critique." In Adam Drazin and Susanne Kuechler, eds., The Social Life of Materials. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015

"Sensation." In S. Brent Plate, ed., Key Terms in Material Religion. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015

The Extended Sensorium: Introduction to the Sensory and Social Thought of François Laplantine." In François Laplantine, The Life of the Senses: Introduction to a Modal Anthropology, trans. Jamie Furniss. pp. vii-xiv. Abingdon: Routledge, 2014.

"« Se sentir chez soi » au musée : tentatives de fusion des sensoriums dans les musées de société." Anthropologie et Sociétés 38(3) : 253-270 (with Marie-Josée Blanchard), 2014

"Introduction: ‘Make It New’–Reforming the Sensory World." In David Howes (ed.), A Cultural History of the Senses in the Modern Age, 1920-2000, Abingdon: Routledge, 2014

"Revisualizing Anthropology through the Lens of The Ethnographer’s Eye." In Ian Heywood and Barry Sandywell, eds., Handbook of Visual Culture. 628-47. Oxford: Berg, 2012

"Hearing Scents, Tasting Sights: Toward a Cross-Cultural Multimodal Theory of Aesthetics." In Francesca Bacci and David Mellon, eds., Art and the Senses, 161-82. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011

"Polysensoriality."  In Fran Mascia-Lees, ed., Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Anthropology of the Body and Embodimen. 435-50. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

"Vienna: Sensory Capital." In Madalina Diaconu et al (eds.), Senses and the City. An Interdisciplinary Approach to Urban Sensescapes, Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2011

"Worlds of Sense and Sensing the World" (with Tim Ingold), Social Anthropology 19(3):313-31, 2011

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