Nuri has guest lectured in various circumstances, from university classrooms to sleepaway camps. All have provided a fantastic opportunity to explore and learn. Nuri tailors each engagement to the needs of her host and attendants.

For 2023, Nuri is currently booked for the first quarter but still has some openings later in the year for virtual lectures, in-person workshops and course development.

If you would like to host a talk or schedule Nuri for a conference, get in touch.


Available Lectures & Workshops


Scent & Culture Lectures

  • Fragrant Incantations: Aromatics in Ritual and Magic from Babylon to the Present
  • Tapputi Belet-ekallim, The First Perfumer (1 of 2)
  • The Babylonian Roots to Early Middle Eastern Perfumery (2 of 2)
  • The Colonial History of the Modern Fragrance Trade
  • The Scent of Grief: A Brief Survey of Aromatic Death Rituals
  • The Scent of Gan Eden: Olfaction in Judaism
  • Scent Culture Theory 101
  • Scent Culture Theory 202: Tools of Autoethnography
  • Smells like Xenophobia: An Olfactive History of Otherness
  • The Putrid and the Divine: The Magical Scent of Christian Saints
  • Indole: An Aromatic Cultural History
  • Ambergris: An Aromatic Cultural History
  • Oud: An Aromatic Cultural History
  • Myrrh: An Aromatic Cultural History
  • Frankincense: An Aromatic Cultural History
  • Rose: An Aromatic Cultural History
  • Jasmine: An Aromatic Cultural History
  • Musk: An Aromatic Cultural History
  • The Great Stink: How Smell Made the Modern City
  • The Black Death: From Plague Preservative to Perfume (1 of 2)
  • Bad Air: Smells, Miasma Theory, and Public Health (2 of 2)
  • Dangerous Women? Beauty, Perfume, and Poison
  • Scented Spectres: A Brief History of Aromatic Hauntings
  • The Material Culture of Historical Scents (1 of 2)
  • Perfumed Papers: An introduction to Sensory Archival Research (2 of 2)
  •  A Brief History of Perfumed Textiles
  • Scent Memories: An Olfaction Guided Meditation on Death Awareness (In-Person Only)

The Aromatic Cultural History Intensive

The Aromatic Cultural History Intensive immerses attendees into the sensorial history of the world around them. Each day, we focus on deeply investigating an aromatic material. This interactive intensive is designed to run for 3 to 5 days, in half or whole-day sessions, depending on the needs of the host. One material is studied per day, and the host can choose from Indole, Ambergris, Oud, Myrrh, Frankincense, Rose, Jasmine or Musk. The day is broken down into several learning segments. The general full-day session is below, half-day sessions end after fieldwork.

  • Sensory warm-up activity (15 minutes)
  • Classroom Instruction (2 hours)
  • Tea Break (15 minutes)
  • Fieldwork and Emboided Sensory Experiences (2 hours)
  • Lunch ( 1 hour)
  • Discussion (30 minutes)
  • Tea Break (15 minutes)
  • Lab Time (1 hour)

Community Deathways & Death Awareness Lectures

  • Too Poor To Die: Funeral Poverty and Systematic Solutions
  • The Necropolitics of Pandemics
  • Is Death Positivity a Form of Death Denial?: A Dialogue
  • Dead to Rights: Marginalised Peoples, Political Activism, and the Bad Death
  • Resilient Community Care: Lessons from the Jewish & South African Models
  • Universal Death Care: An Israeli Case Study
  • Establishing a Community Burial Society

Human Rights Challenges Lectures

  • Understanding Genocide: A Feminist Perspective
  • Gender & Genocide: Women as Victims, Perpetrators, Bystanders, & Reconciliators
  • Protracted Refugee Situations in the Age of Climate Change and Neoliberalism
  • Protracted Refugee Situations and Their Impact on the East Mediterranean Refugee Crisis
  • Nowhere is Home: Community Support Strategies for Resettled Refugee Families