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... Continue Reading →

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.... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Seeing, feeling, and showing ‘bodies-in-place’ – videography and the body

A new paper co-authored with Michael Glass, accepted (finally... bit of an epic story there) in Social and Cultural Geography here. You can also access an eprint here. Seeing, feeling, and showing ‘bodies-in-place’: exploring reflexivity and the multisensory body through videography This paper considers the challenge of representing embodied, multisensory experience of ‘bodies-in-place’ through film, an... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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