The Politics of Sensation. Part II. Aesthetics

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
TG07 Senses and Society (host committee)

Language: English

The now ubiquitous role of the digital in everyday life has for some, meant a move away from an embodied, sensual ontology towards a more abstracted and distracted, connected yet less connected subjectivity. This panel invites speculations on the digitally distracted/immersed subject and asks what role the virtual world, that many of us inhabit for long periods of time, might play in shaping a different type of subjectivity? While the visual retains its hegemonic hold in screen culture, are other sensory experiences sacrificed in the virtual domain?  If they are, what might this mean for our capacity to be human, and importantly to respond to concerns of injustice and violence which are occurring increasingly around the world? If indeed a diminishment of multi-sensory experience exists, does this also reduce the likelihood of empathic and ethical response? The panel welcomes both supportive and counter arguments to this proposition. Contributions may be theoretical, speculative or case studies.
Session Organizer:
Mark PATERSON, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Mark PATERSON, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Oral Presentations
Curious Choreographies of the Quantified Self: Breath and Biofeedback
Kate ELSWIT, University of London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, United Kingdom
Towards an Aesthetics of Touch
Lauren HAYES, Arizona State University, USA; Jessica RAJKO, Arizona State University, USA
‘Making Sense’ of Baby: Parenting, Technology, and the Politics of Touch
Kerstin LEDER MACKLEY, UCL Knowledge Lab, United Kingdom; Carey JEWITT, UCL Knowledge Lab, United Kingdom; Sara PRICE, UCL Knowledge Lab, United Kingdom
Designing the Female Orgasm: Omgyes and the Virtual Disciplining of Sexual Pleasure
Nell BEECHAM, London School of Economics, United Kingdom; Clio UNGER, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, United Kingdom
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