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…

‘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…

Architecture of Sensation

An article just published in Body and Society, titled ‘Architecture of Sensation: Affect, Motility and the Oculomotor‘. It appears in an issue with an essay by Juhanni Pallasmaa, the Finnish architect, who I quote and feature in my article, quite some synchrony there. There is also an essay by the managing editor of the journal, Tomoko Tamari,…

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.

‘Seeing With the Hands’ Book: Now Available

My book Seeing With the Hands: Blindness, Vision and Touch after Descartes is out now with Edinburgh University Press [link]. In the USA it is distributed by Oxford University Press [link]. You can buy it from Amazon UK or Amazon US. The back cover text is reproduced below: A literary, historical and philosophical exploration of…

Chapter in ‘Geographical Aesthetics’ volume

A chapter that I wrote some time ago recently went through the proofs stage and will come out in the edited collection Geographical Aesthetics edited by Harriet Hawkins and Libby Straughan. The chapter, ‘On Aisthêsis, “inner touch” and the aesthetics of the Moving body’, develops material from the How We Became Sensory-Motor research program, and will…

Book on blindness, ‘Seeing With the Hands’, now with Edinburgh UP

As the book progressed, the original idea of a quirky history with some cross-over readership started to mutate into something more historically and philosophically consistent. My reading around Descartes and Locke especially added some necessary epistemological context, whilst a recent translation of an essay by Grosrichard (originally in Cahiers pour L’Analyse) where the Molyneux Question is…

Deleule and Guéry: The Productive Body

Thanks to Stewart Elden’s very impressive Progressive Geographies blog, he is more aware than most about what’s in the publishing pipeline. Deleule and Guéry’s book The Productive Body (1972) has a brand new translation, published only a few days ago, and this is exciting for a number of reasons. Firstly, their book is mentioned by…

“On ‘inner touch’ and the moving body”

A book chapter “On ‘inner touch’ and the moving body: aisthesis, kinaesthesis and aesthetics” has just been published in the edited collection Touching and Being Touched: Kinesthesia and Empathy in Dance and Movement (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2013). The chapter is one of the first pieces of work within my current ‘sensory-motor’ project and the book includes work by scholars…