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Name: Ivan MarkovicMarković
PhD: Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Provisional Thesis Title: Hazy atmospheres: a sensory history of smoking and vaping, c. 1880 - present Hazy histories: Smoking atmospheres in twentieth-century Britain
This project will explore the sensory history of smoking in Britain from c.1880 to the present. Taking in the current rise of vaping (using ecigarettes), this sensory history would unearth the overlooked experiences of touch, smell and taste to expand an understanding of a practice that is too often construed merely as personal health risk or socioeconomic problem.By the late 19th century, smoking in Britain had become universal and the mass consumption of cigarettes postWWII saw a shift in the class and gender profile of smoking (Hilton 2000), while the development of cheap, massproduced paper cigarettes replaced clay pipes and fine cigars, creating a sensory atmosphere with new scents, flavours and textures. The project will examine how these changing sensory experiences shaped and were shaped by the established cultures of class, gender and health. Taking Nottingham’s John Player & Sons tobacco manufacturer as a key case study, the project will investigate what role the senses had in processes of cigarette production, advertising and consumption. The recent emergence of ecigarettes further complicates these issues and poses new questions about the smoker’s identity by offering not only a safer, familiar alternative, but also a distinct sensorial experience. The key contribution of this project will be to map the historically diverse sensory experiences of smoking not only to get a richer understanding of the past but also nuance the ways vaping is ‘sensed’ today.
The project will hence move beyond traditional, ‘deodorised’ histories (Classen 1993; Smith 2007) and be in line with the ‘sensorial revolution’ in the humanities (Howes 2006) that displaced vision as the main medium for understanding the world. Thus, by capturing these more diffuse, ‘hazy’ atmospheric aspects, which have implications for the ways smoking is extolled or vilified, I will challenge a model that imposes rigid conceptual divisions by reducing smoking and vaping merely to notions of health and risk.
thesis an epistemological experiment in knowing the past atmospherically. It seeks to address the question of how we might go about recovering, from the historical record, something as hazy, fleeting and potentially intangible as an atmosphere. The thesis tells a story of smoking at four key moments in twentieth century British history: the turn of the 20th century, the Second World War, the 1980s, and lastly, the mid-2000s. The story is narrated through the lens of atmosphere to tease out and foreground the feelings, emotions, senses, rhythms and affects that otherwise remain a backdrop in conventional historical accounts.
The thesis adapts Sumartojo and Pink’s (2018) tripartite approach of knowing about, through and in atmosphere to archival research, and draws on a wide range of material, from newspaper articles, magazines, etiquette guides and diaries to letters, film, photography and material culture. It re-visits sources already considered by historians of smoking, while also introducing as yet unexamined material. The thesis then proposes four specific modes of attunement, materiality, time, conviviality and space, through which the four moments of the smoking past are examined, and past atmospheres conjured. Finally, the thesis makes the case for storytelling as a form of narration that has the unique capacity to compel an atmospheric attunement between the reader and the text, an experiential closeness and intimacy not always required or evoked by academic work, but one that has the potential to regain and hold a past atmosphere in the present.
ABSTRACT | i
ILLUSTRATIONS | iii
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS | iv
AUTHOR’S DECLARATION | vi
1. Lighting up | 1
2. In the air | 12
3. Smoking out atmosphere | 38
4. Desiring atmosphere | 79
5. Wartime atmospheres | 117
6. Toxic atmospheres | 152
7. Purifying atmospheres | 185
8. Stubbing out | 213
BIBLIOGRAPHY | 222
Supervisors and Institution(s):
Dr Tracey Potts (University of Nottingham)
Dr James Mansell (University of Nottingham)
Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):
Dr James Mansell (University of Nottingham)
- Marković, I. (2019) 'Out of place, out of time: towards a more-than-human rhythmanalysis of smoking'. cultural geographies (26)4: 487-503.
Marković, I. (2019) 'Vaping like a chimney: skeuomorphic assemblages and post-smoking geographies'. Social & Cultural Geography. [Online first]https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2019.1593491
- Marković, I. (2019) ‘Review of The Geography of the Everyday: Toward and Understanding of the Given’, AAG Review of Books 7(2).
- Marković, I. (2018) 'In the mood...', Cultural Politics (14) 2. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-6609312
Marković, I. (2017) ‘Breathing air, sensing smoke’, The Senses and Society (12) 1. doi: 10.1080/17458927.2017.1268830
Conferences & Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:
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‘On the abundance of absence: second-hand smoke and the emergence of toxic atmospheres in the 1980s workplace’, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, 2019.
- Sensing past atmospheres; a green silk kimono and the sensory politics of smoking c.1880 – 1930. - conference paper presented at AAG 2018 in New Orleans, US, 10-14 April
- 'Locating selfish stinkers'; smoking and everyday sensory histories - conference paper presented at 80th Anniversary Mass Observation conference at University of Sussex, Brighton, 10-17 July
- Smoking, agency and the everyday; towards a more-than-human rhythmanalysis - paper presented at University of Nottingham, Health Humanities' Early Bird research group, 19 July
Other Research Interests:
- sensory history, material culture, (affective) atmospheres, rhythmanalysis, ethnography, smoking, vaping