Marie-Josée Blanchard

Marie-Josée Blanchard is a PhD student currently enrolled in an interdisciplinary humanities program at Concordia University in Montreal and a member of the Center for Sensory Studies (CSS). Holding a B.A. in Psychology (University of Moncton) and an M.A. in Religious Studies (University of Ottawa), her research interests currently focus on the intersection between Hinduism, devotion, classical Indian dance, Indian aesthetics, culture, emotions and the senses. Marie-Josée’s PhD project explores the sensory and emotional nature of the notion of rasa in bharatanātyam, a classical Indian dance-drama (among many) that has been through a cultural renewal in the past century. Her most recent publication and work have been exploring the role of sense perception and the representation of Canadian aboriginal sensory models in museum space.