How We Became Sensorimotor: book available to buy!

My new book with University of Minnesota Press, How We Became Sensorimotor: Movement, Measurement, Sensation was published in October 2021. You can buy it from the publisher themselves, or the usual book retail outlets including Amazon US and UK, and the Book Depository (which has free worldwide delivery). The book is the culmination of years... Continue Reading →

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 →

Experience and Erlebnis

The pragmatist and writer Richard Sennett, in the conclusion to his book The Craftsman (2008), revisits Heideggerian language to write about the kinds of experience involved in crafting and shaping materials: Philosophically, pragmatism has argued that to work well people need freedom from means-ends relationships. Underlying this philosophical conviction is a concept that, I think,... Continue Reading →

Rancière Interview

As mentioned in yesterday's Innovation-based Reading Group discussion, Ranciere - Politics-Aesthetics Interview (Angelaki) conducted between Peter Hallward (until a few days ago a European Philosophy Prof at Middlesex, until the whole department was effectively shut down...) and Rancière which appeared a few years ago in one of my favourite journals, Angelaki. It is a readable... Continue Reading →

Nancy on ‘listening’…

In the same day I noticed Jacques Attali's book on Noise: Political Economy of Music - translated by Brian Massumi no less - and, in these wee early hours, followed up a reference to a paper by Bristol's own Paul Simpson, another recently doctored person, whose paper on Nancy and a postphenomenology of sonorous presence... Continue Reading →

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