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…

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…

Interview with journalist on the Social Softness Illusion (SSI)

Laura Tedesco, a freelance science journalist, interviewed me over the phone last month about a new piece of research just published on the so-called Social Softness Illusion. The article got published with the title Why Your Significant Other’s Skin Feels So Soft (But May Not Actually Be) on Yahoo Health. I had talked to Laura about…

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…