Mark Paterson


Dr. Mark Paterson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. He has an interest in the history and science of bodily sensation, blindness, and technologies of the senses. Along with articles published in humanities and social science journals, he is author of the books The Senses of Touch: Haptics, Affects and Technologies (Routledge, 2007), Seeing with the Hands: Blindness, Vision and Touch After Descartes (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), Consumption and Everyday Life (Routledge 2006; Second Edition 2017), and co-editor of Touching Place, Spacing Touch (Routledge, 2012). Movement, Measurement, and Sensation: How We Became Sensory-Motor, forthcoming with University of Minnesota Press. His current research project is concerned with the role of embodiment in the histories of human-robot interactions.

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