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…

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…

Talk at Temple University, Feb 23rd

An upcoming talk in the Architecture division of the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. February 23rd. The title of the talk: ‘The Architecture of the Oculomotor: Body Motility, Ocular Processes, and the Perception of the Built Environment’, based on my recently-published paper for Body and Society.

Affect Theory Conference #affectWTF

So, over to Amish country for the first time in many years, to Lancaster, PA for the rather amazing Affect conference. The fluidity of audiences between rooms, appearing and then disappearing, was soon made clear – the conference was throwing out loads of live tweeting of sessions, a real social media presence. Highlights for me:…

‘Intimate Listening’: paper for Emotional Geographies conference 2015

Katy Bennet from the University of Leicester approached me months ago to speak at the ‘Emotional Geographies’ conference in Edinburgh in June. I went to the first ever Emotional Geographies conference in Lancaster back in 2003, and Katy’s session is about Listening, so I said yes. It was an opportunity to work on some of…

Talk on robots as ‘companion species’ at Carnegie Mellon, Jan 14th

So my next upcoming talk is at Carnegie Mellon University, at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, on January 14th, 4-5.30pm. Link on the CMU website is here. Here is the title and abstract: Robots as ‘companion species’? Designing for disability and the mixed spaces of human-robot interactions There is a burgeoning ecology of robots as “machines…

Leonardo Art-Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in NY: January 19th

Short notice, but I’m speaking at an art-science event in New York on the 19th. LASER is part of the beautiful, sprawling Leonardo project that encompasses a journal, book series, and other events. LASER stands for Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous. The official website blurb is here but the relevant section I paste below: LevyArts 40 E 19th…