Institute of Education


Touch matters

Start: Jun 07, 2017 12:30 PM
End: Jun 07, 2017 01:30 PM

Location: B05 Darwin Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

UCL Festival of Culture 2017

Touch matters – because it is fundamental to how we communicate, experience and know ourselves, others and the world. Digital technologies are reshaping what and how we touch.

What would it be like if you could hug or touch across distance? How might it shape your sense of connection? What bonds might be formed or lost? How could you establish trust, or protect your privacy and safety? These uncertainties are raised by a new wave of sensory communication technologies that are reconfiguring touch and will change how we feel the world; just as visual technologies have changed what and how we see.

This talk will engage with a range of advanced touch technologies to explore the social character and societal impact of touch as it is digitally mediated for how we communicate and learn.

About the speaker

This session will be led by Professor Carey Jewitt, Director of the UCL Knowledge Lab at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and head of IN-TOUCH: a project which will produce an innovative interdisciplinary framework, new methods, and crucial theoretical insights for researching digital touch communication. In March 2017, Carey was announced Fellow of the Social Sciences.

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