Touched: Transdisciplinary Perspectives (19th-21st centuries)

This is very exciting - an interdisciplinary day conference on touch at the Nouvelle Sorbonne in Paris, organized by Dr. Caroline Pollentier, and the launch of the Touch, Arts, Affects (TACT) network. There are talks throughout the day by touch scholars and artists, and I'm giving the Keynote at the end of the day, 'Social... Continue Reading →

Affect & Embodiment in Human Robot Interaction

'Affect and Embodiment in HRI' Workshop accepted for 15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction, Cambridge, UK, March 23-26, 2020 Along with Cherie Lacey, Lecturer in Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, and Caroline Yan Zheng, PhD candidate & visiting lecturer at Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art, our workshop 'Affect and... Continue Reading →

Paper accepted for SPHS 2013 on ‘motricity’ in Merleau-Ponty

The Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences (SPHS), whose conference runs after SPEP (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy), have accepted my paper on concepts of movement in Merleau-Ponty. The paper is entitled: The ‘handmaid of consciousness’? On the role of early neurophysiology in Merleau-Ponty’s motricity.  Merleau-Ponty's concept of bodily movement in Phenomenology of... Continue Reading →

A talk at the Einstein Forum, Berlin Jan 31st

The Einstein Forum based in Potsdam, near Berlin, has asked me to contribute an evening lecture ahead of a full day's discussion, a symposium, about touch. Fantastic stuff, and you can read more about the event here. It includes Martin Grunwald, from the Haptik Lab in Leipzig, whose research concentrates on the psychological and neurological aspects of haptic... Continue Reading →

The after-life of phenomenology

Months ago I was invited to speak at an event in a seminar series at Northwestern University, Illinois. The title of the series: The After-life of Phenomenology. So how could I refuse? So on October 27th I flew out to deliver the paper. It turns out there aren't many phenomenologists there any more, but some... Continue Reading →

Eurohaptics 2010 presentation ‘Haptics in philosophy: The touching, feeling, flourishing body’

Last year I was invited to present a talk for a workshop on the History of Haptics for the Eurohaptics Conference in Amsterdam, June 2010. Unfortunately I was unable to attend in person, so instead filmed my talk. There was a Powerpoint presentation running on another screen, but you won't see that. This film is bare bones.... Continue Reading →

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