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Digital Touch book launch

10 July 2024, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Digital Touch book cover. Image permission: Ned Barker.

Join this event to hear Carey Jewitt and Sara Price discuss their new book on the importance of digital touch in our daily lives and how it will impact our relationships and future way of life.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Dr Kata Kyrola


Large Seminar Room (G02)
UCL Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald St

Digital touch is embedded in many technologies, from wearable devices and gaming hardware to tactile robots and future technologies. What would it be like if we could hug or touch digitally across distance? How might this shape our sense of connection? How might we establish trust or protect our privacy and safety?

Offering a rich account of digital touch, the book introduces the key issues and debates, as well as the design and ethical challenges raised by digital touch. It shows how touch — how we touch, as well as what, whom and when we touch — is being profoundly reshaped by our use of technologies.

This event will be particularly useful for students, scholars and teachers of Digital Media and Communication Studies, Digital Humanities, Sensory Studies, and Science and Technology Studies.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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About the Speakers

Professor Carey Jewitt

Professor of Technology Interaction, and Chair of the UCL Collaborative Social Science Domain

Her research centres on digital interaction, multimodal communication, touch, methodological innovation, and interdisciplinary research.

More about Professor Carey Jewitt

Professor Sara Price

Professor of Digital Learning

Her research draws on theories of embodied cognition and interaction, exploring how mobile, tangible, sensor, VR technologies mediate new forms of interaction, cognition, and communication.

Her work informs theories of embodied learning, technology design and development, and methodological innovation.

More about Professor Sara Price