Alphonso Lingis at SPHS

My friend Tom Sparrow of Slippery Rock University has been editing the Alphonso Lingis Reader for University of Minnesota Press. The book was just released, and there was a launch panel at SPHS (Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences), part of the SPEP conference, at Penn State University on Sunday. Alphonso (or, as he likes…

‘Why Haptic Media Studies?’, Media in the Wild conference, Siegen

Last month I was gave a talk at ‘Media in the Wild‘, the Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Center Media of Cooperation, University of Siegen in Germany. Thoroughly enjoyed it, with papers by Arjun Appadurai (NYU) and William Urrichio (MIT). Abstract of the paper I gave: Why Haptic Media Studies? The ‘haptic moment’ we were…

We need to talk about… AI

Last month The Guardian newspaper’s podcast series ‘We need to talk about….’ was about Artificial Intelligence. I submitted a question, and this was recorded for the podcast and addressed by the panel. The question? About the role of physical characteristics of AI machines, how we humans relate to their physicality, as robots become more prevalent…

‘Vanguard Fellow’, IAS, Birmingham

Between April and May this year I have been a ‘Vanguard Fellow’ at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), University of Birmingham, working with Dr. Jess Pykett in Geography and Earth Sciences (GEES) and the ‘Embodied Geographies’ research group. It has been a lot of fun, and included: a day workshop, ‘Bodies 2.0. Embodied processes…

Touch: Sensing, Feeling, Knowing (Leeds Sadler Seminars)

The Humanities Research Centre at the University of Leeds, UK has a fascinating series of talks in their Sadler Seminar Series this year. Under the theme ‘Touch: Sensing, Feeling, Knowing’, a rich mixture of philosophers, psychologists and others are presenting, and the talks are convened by Professor Helen Steward (Philosophy), Dr Amelia DeFalco (English) and Dr…

Seeing, feeling, and showing ‘bodies-in-place’ – videography and the body

A new paper co-authored with Michael Glass, accepted (finally… bit of an epic story there) in Social and Cultural Geography here. You can also access an eprint here. Seeing, feeling, and showing ‘bodies-in-place’: exploring reflexivity and the multisensory body through videography This paper considers the challenge of representing embodied, multisensory experience of ‘bodies-in-place’ through film, an…

Hold Me Now – Feel and Touch in an Unreal World

The Studium Generale (public series of lectures) at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam for 2017–2018 is entitled ‘Hold Me Now’. I was asked to curate one of the days (March 22), and other days are organized by Jack Halberstam, Rizvana Bradley, and Karen Archey. There are some excellent people lined up. For my day, here…

An ecology of sensing: tracking embodied processes for science, fun, and profit

A talk in the joint CMU-University of Pittsburgh ‘Environmental Humanities Research Seminar’. My paper was delivered and there was a response by Jesse Stiles, Assistant Professor of Sound Media at CMU and an accomplished sound artist and musician. The paper was based on my invited submission to Resilience: A journal of the Environmental Humanities, a Special…

Talk at MIT, Feb 23rd

See MIT calendar for announcement and details. MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series Design & Computation Series, organized by PhD student Athina Papadopoulou with Prof. Terry Knight “Architectures of the Oculomotor: Body Motility, Ocular Processes, and the Perception of the Built Environment” When it comes to perceiving the built environment, a static model of vision has been the…

‘Sensing Collectivities’ Ph.D. Summer School, Hamburg

This June in Hamburg is a Ph.D. Summer School in Hamburg with the theme of ‘Sensing Collectivities’, which runs alongside another workshop, ‘Thermal Objects’. Dr. Michael Liegl invited me to deliver one of the Keynotes. My talk is entitled: ‘Haptic Methodologies for Sensing Collectivities’. We are having what might be termed a ‘haptic moment’. In terms of…