Urban Studies fieldtrip: Google Glass ‘in the wild’

“OK Glass – direct me to coffee” The end of day 3 of the Urban Studies fieldtrip – we’re in Kuala Lumpur, it’s hot and humid, and we are encouraging the students to use Google Glass and handheld video equipment to gather impressionistic street-level data in the different quarters (Chinese, Malay, Anglo, Arabic) in the city….

Alphonso Lingis on Merleau-Ponty: consciousness as movement-directed

A special issue of the rather fantastic Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature [disclosure: I have an article coming out in the next issue] devoted to Alphonso Lingis has material including an interview a short original article, and the text of a public address. The article, ‘The Weight of Reality’, has his usual mixture of…

How to search for things and distinguish objects if you’re a robot.

Two separate but related intriguing new touch technologies for robots from Georgia Tech has some intriguing implications. The first being Charlie Kemp’s development of a form of tactile sensing for robotic arms (Kemp was supervised by the world-famous Aussie roboticist Rodney Brookes). Reported in the New York Times (here) and elsewhere, searching in cluttered places for…

‘Touching Space, Placing Touch’ book: more details

It would be remiss not to include more details on the actual contents, you know… so a table of contents, and the flyer (PDF) from the publisher: Contents Introduction: placing touch within social theory and empirical study – Mark Paterson, Martin Dodge and Sara MacKian 1. Negotiating therapeutic touch: encountering massage through the ‘mixed bodies’ of Michel…

Touching Space, Placing Touch – now available

So here it is. A call for papers for a conference session back in 2007, organised initially by Sarah Mackian, Martin Dodge and Chris Perkins. My involvement later on, and the thought-provoking, well-attended sessions led to us proposing an edited collection. And here we are, years later, with the actual book on its way to…

Touching Space, Placing Touch. Edited Collection.

It has been an incredibly long time coming. The original conference session was in 2008. The papers were mostly written and finished two years ago. But only in August 2012 will we finally have the printed book! Touching Space, Placing Touch [links to publisher website]. I’m happy with what eventually resulted – there was a maturation…

The Philosopher’s Magazine: Touch

A couple of years ago Julian Baggini, author of a large number of popular philosophy books and the editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine  asked me to contribute an essay for a special issue on the senses. Obviously I would be writing on touch. The link is posted here because it works as an overview of some…