Mark Paterson is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Consumption and Everyday Life (Routledge, 2006; 2nd Edition, 2017), The Senses of Touch: Haptics, Affects and Technologies (Bloomsbury, 2007). Seeing with the Hands: Blindness, Vision and Touch After Descartes (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) explores the Early Modern legacy of philosophical debates concerning vision and touch, and what this means for historical and contemporary understandings of blindness and vision impairment. He is co-editor of the collection Touching Space, Placing Touch (with Martin Dodge, Routledge, 2013). He has published articles in literature and social science journals on the senses, sensory methodologies, blindness, and haptic technologies, and has worked on funded projects in the areas of robot skin, the historical geography of the so-called ‘Blind Traveller’ James Holman, R.N., and the haptic modelling of prehistoric textiles in museum contexts. His current book project is How We Became Sensory-Motor: Mapping Movement in Modernity. His research website can be found at www.sensory-motor.com.
Fields of Interest
- The body, senses, and technology in history and theory
- Disability, especially blindness and vision impairment
- Haptic technologies, accessibility, and assisted living
- Robotics, and the mixed spaces of human-robot interactions (HRI)
- Medical humanities
- PhD, University of Bristol, 2002