Leonora Zoninsein

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Designated Emphasis in STS
Affiliation period: August 2019 -
Degrees MSc Water Science, Policy and Management :: Oxford University (2011)
B.A. Literary Arts :: Brown University (2008)

Research Areas

Senses, olfaction, whales, commodities, and miasma

Leonora researches the geography of the senses, focusing on the historical articulation of scent in the perfume industry.

Her dissertation traces the practices by which unique mammalian and plant matter is identified, classified and generated anew as petrochemical affective equivalents. She queries how the production and circulation of commodities is itself dependent on sensorial affects, and how scientific practice transforms objects and senses alike. She thus approaches smell as a kind of logic actively structuring the world. Leonora was born in Brasil, is a practicing artist, and makes custom fragrances.

last updated: April 30th, 2020