Video introduction to Body & Society paper on pain

The video abstract for my recently published Body and Society article ‘On Pain as a Distinct Sensation: Mapping Intensities, Affects, and Difference in ‘Interior States’’ is now ‘live’ on the Theory, Culture and Society (TCS) website. I use images from the article and provide an overview of the paper. Have a look here. It’s also on…

Blindness, neuroplasticity, and technologies of sensory substitution

Thanks to an invitation from the editors, Brian Glenney and José Filipe Silva, a chapter has appeared in their rather wonderful Routledge collection The Senses and the History of Philosophy (2019). There are contributions from some well-known philosophers of perception and of ancient philosophy, too. My chapter neatly follows from Brian Glenney’s chapter on the Molyneux…

Pain as sensation – after Elaine Scarry

It took two years from initial submission to final publication. It started with an invitation to a conference in Brighton, UK in 2015 celebrating 30 years of Elaine Scarry’s The Body in Pain. She was there, and gave a keynote. Subsequently a special issue of the journal Body and Society was put together by the conference organizers….

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 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 waiting…

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…

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…

2011: This blog in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

Some comments on the new site

Rather than updating a tired old site through HTML and uploading by FTP, the impetus to make things more dynamic and to update more frequently comes from the imminent migration to the US – moving to Pittsburgh in August – so it was about time to edit an existing blog that I maintained for ‘GeoTheory’…