The Haptic Media Studies site is intended to serve as a focal point for discussions on touch’s increasing role in mediated communication. The site began as a continuation of the Haptic Media Studies issue of New Media & Society, a collection of original research articles that each take the haptic properties of media as the starting point for their investigations. The site is run by David Parisi, Mark Paterson, and Jason Archer.

Over the next few months, we will be developing a list of key texts for Haptic Media Studies, and circulating news relating to the field of haptic communication, along with information on touch-oriented research occurring in Media Studies and related fields. If you are interested in having your work featured or linked to on the site, please contact us. You can also tweet about your work using the #HapticMedia hashtag and it will show up in the feed embedded on the main page. We look forward to growing a community of like-minded researchers, and welcome your help in doing so.
Who we are:
David Parisi is an Associate Professor of Emerging Media at the College of Charleston. His book Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing will be published with the University of Minnesota Press in February 2018. David’s other writings on haptics are available here.

Mark Paterson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written extensively on the social, philosophical, phenomenological, and technological dimensions of tactile experience. Mark’s latest book Seeing with the Hands: Blindness, Vision and Touch after Descartes(Edinburgh University Press, 2016) presents a historically-grounded exploration of the complex relationship between touch and vision. Mark’s 2007 book The Senses of Touch: Haptics, Affects, Technologies remains one of the most influential and comprehensive works on the subject of touch.

Jason Archer is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His research spans several intersecting areas including touch, technology and communication, human-machine communication, and privacy and security. Lean more about what he’s up to here.