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Posted By Tolu Ilupeju, Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book announcement:

Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing

Hello everyone,

I’m very excited to announce the publication of my book Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing (University of Minnesota Press). In the book, I tease out a history of touch’s formulation as a communicative sense, showing how its reconstruction through technical media involved mobilizing a new imagination around touch, as touch was re-thought through communication media. I hope that it will be of interest to members of this list.

Full description follows below.

ARCHAEOLOGIES OF TOUCH: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing

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 | US$28.00

ISBN 978-1-5179-0058-8 | cloth | US$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,


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