[SIGCIS-Members] Book announcement: Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing

david parisi parisi.dave at gmail.com
Fri Mar 2 12:09:51 PST 2018

Hello SIGCIS'ers,
I'm very excited to announce the publication of my book *Archaeologies of
Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing*. The book
will hopefully be of interest to members of this list, as it provides a
macrohistorical framework for the emergence of Computer Haptics, moving
forward from electrical experiments in the 1700s to psychophysics in the
1800s, and then engaging with the design of tactile communication systems
in the middle decades of the twentieth century. The final two chapters
address the more recent history of haptics, tracing the development of
Computer Haptics as a dedicated & formalized field of study from the 1970s
on. Catalog description & ordering info below.

ARCHAEOLOGIES OF TOUCH: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to

*A material history of haptic technology that raises new questions about
the relationship between touch and media*
University of Minnesota Press | 472 pages | February 2018

ISBN 978-1-5179-0059-5 | paper | $28.00

ISBN 978-1-5179-0058-8 | cloth | $112.00

David Parisi offers the first full history of new computing technologies
known as haptic interfaces—which use electricity, vibration, and force
feedback to stimulate the sense of touch—showing how the efforts of
scientists and engineers over the past 300 years have gradually remade and
redefined our sense of touch. *Archaeologies of Touch* offers a timely and
provocative engagement with the long history of touch technology that helps
us confront and question the power relations underpinning the project of
giving touch its own set of technical media.

For more information, please visit the book's webpage:
or feel free to contact me (use code MN82600 for 30% off).

Thanks very much for you time and attention,

David Parisi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Emerging Media

Department of Communication
College of Charleston
E-mail: parisid at cofc.edu

Book: *Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to
of Minnesota, 2018)
Journal: issue: Haptic Media Studies
<http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/nmsa/19/10>, *New Media & Society* (2017)

Twitter: @Dave_Parisi <https://twitter.com/Dave_Parisi>
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