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Touched: Transdisciplinary Perspectives

Inauguration of the TACT network (Touch, Arts, Affects)

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Published on Thursday, June 17, 2021


This seminar proposes to explore the elusive experience of being touched from a transdisciplinary perspective. It will serve as the launch for the TACT network (Touch, Arts, Affects).


with the support of PRISMES EA 4398 / 19-21 and the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle

Keynote speaker

Mark Paterson (University of Pittsburgh)


If you want to attend online or in person, please write to the organizer.


30 June 2021

Maison de la Recherche, Salle du Conseil, 4 rue des Irlandais Paris 5e & Online

8.30am: Welcome

9am-9.10am: Opening words

10am-10.30am: Technologies

Chair: Antonio Somaini (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Rochelle Ackerley (CNRS)

  • Klemens Gruber (University of Vienna): How the Sense of Touch Came to the Bauhaus
  • Catherine Lanone (Sorbonne Nouvelle): Social Distancing and E.M. Forster’s Sense of Touch
  • Louise P. Kirsch (Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics): A Multidimensional Approach to Study Social Touch

10.30am-10.45am: break

45-12.05pm: Languages

Chair: Bruno Poncharal (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

  • Mirt Komel (University of Ljubljana):“Can a Poem Replace a Hug?”: The (Mate)Real of Touch
  • Caroline Pollentier (Sorbonne Nouvelle):Muthos, #Metoo, and Haptic Minds: The Narrative Configurations of Touch
  • Bertrand Vérine (Montpellier 3):"Est-ce que ça vous chatouille, ou est-ce que ça vous gratouille ?" Quelques apports de l’analyse du discours à l’étude des perceptions tactiles passives [“Does it Tickle or Does it Itch?”: A Contribution to the Discourse Analysis of Passive Perceptions of Touch]

/ 12.05pm-2pm: Lunch break /

2pm-2.50pm: Communities

Chair : Alexandra Poulain (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

  • Pierre-Louis Patoine (Sorbonne Nouvelle): Improper Touch: Ethics and Aesthetics of Sensationalist Film
  • Emma Bigé (Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence): Touching is Falling. The Queer Haptics of Contact Improvisation

2.50pm-3pm: break

3pm-4.20pm: Intimacies

Chair: Isabelle Alfandary (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

  • Charles Lenay and Olivia Reaney (Université Technologique de Compiègne): Mutual Touch and Emotional Value
  • Irving Goh (National University of Singapore): The Intimate/Intimidating Touch of Affects
  • Rachel Aumiller (ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry): Between Isolation and Immersion: An Ethics of Caressing in the Dark

4.20pm-4.35pm: break

35pm-5.25pm: Materials & Media

Chair: Charlotte Gould (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

  • Dominique Peysson (visual artist): Responsive Materials and Contemporary Art. Artworks that Can Touch Us Deeply.
  • Wanda Strauven (Goethe University Frankfurt): Feedback (Pretend) Play

 5.25m-5.35pm: break

35pm-6.50pm: Keynote & Discussion

  • Mark Paterson (University of Pittsburgh): Social Touch and its Futures: Tales of Haptic and Affective Loops

Respondent: Catherine Pélachaud (CNRS, Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics)

50pm-7pm: TACT (Touch, Arts, Affects): Further Perspectives

/ 7.30pm: Dinner /

Scientific Committee

  • Irving Goh (National University of Singapore);
  • Louise P. Kirsch (Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics);
  • Mark Paterson (University of Pittsburgh);
  • Pierre-Louis Patoine (Sorbonne Nouvelle);
  • Caroline Pollentier (Sorbonne Nouvelle).


  • Caroline Pollentier (Sorbonne Nouvelle)


  • Salle du conseil - Maison de la Recherche, 4 rue des Irlandais
    Paris, France (75005)


  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021


  • touch, toucher, haptics, haptique, art, affect


  • Caroline Pollentier
    courriel : caroline [dot] pollentier [at] sorbonne-nouvelle [dot] fr

Information source

  • Caroline Pollentier
    courriel : caroline [dot] pollentier [at] sorbonne-nouvelle [dot] fr


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« Touched: Transdisciplinary Perspectives », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Thursday, June 17, 2021, https://calenda.org/887625

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