Sunday, July 15, 2012

Touching Space, Placing Touch

A new edited book I have been working on with Mark Paterson is coming close to completation. We are just checking the pageproofs at the moment. The title is Touching Space, Placing Touch and it will be published by Ashgate in the the autumn. The draft cover design is shown in the thumbnail image.

You can read the substantive introduction written by Mark Paterson, Sara MacKian and myself from here (this is a near final pageproof version). The book also contains a chapter by Rob Kitchin and myself entitled 'Towards touch-free spaces: sensors, software and the automatic production of shared public toilets' (this is a pageproof version).

The book contains an interesting range of contributions looking at different social aspects of the spaces of touch. The list of twelve chapters in Touching Space, Placing Touch is as follows:

  • Negotiating therapeutic touch: encountering massage through the 'mixed bodies' of Michel Serres, by Jennifer Lea
  • Touching the beach, by Pau Obrador
  • Touching space in hurt and healing: exploring experiences of illness and recovery through tactile art, by Amanda Bingley
  • Facing touch in the beauty salon: corporeal anxiety, by Elizabeth R. Straughan
  •  Fieldwork: how to get in(to) touch. Towards a haptic regime of knowledge in geography, by Anne Volvey
  • Guiding visually impaired walking groups: intercorporeal experience and ethical sensibilities, by Hannah Macpherson
  • Touch, skin cultures and the space of medicine: the birth of biosubjective care, by Bernard Andrieu, Anne Flore Laloë and Alexander Klein
  • Touching environmentalisms: the place of touch in the fraught biogeographies of elephant captivity, by Jamie Lorimer
  • Towards touch-free spaces: sensors, software and the automatic production of shared public toilets, by Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin
  • In close embrace: the space between two dancers, by Sarah G. Cant
  • Intra-body touching and the over-life sized paintings of Jenny Savile, by Rachel Colls
  • Touched by spirit: sensing the material impacts of intangible encounters, by Sara MacKian

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Code/Space book cover
Book Reviews

A couple of reviews for our Code/Space book have appeared recently in academic journals.

Francis Harvey, from the Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, says Code/Space "is an important contribution; I only wish it had been written more with GIScience in mind. Still, it is a very worthwhile read." Read the rest of his review from the International Journal of GIS here.

A second review is published in Cultural Geographies in which Matthew Wilson notes perceptively that "it is somewhat surprising that Kitchin and Dodge do not explicitly advocate coding itself as a technique for critical studies of software (alongside ethnography and genealogy) – which would be in alignment with the thrust of much contemporary digital humanities and critical GIS literatures. In what ways can code ‘speak back’ and resist discursive regimes? How might the discourse break down under the weight of code? How are we to code differently?"