Past Event

'Naming Touch' Symposium with Maria José de Abreu and Rosalind Morris

June 28, 2022 - June 29, 2022
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Naming touch can bring visibility to different kinds of haptic experiences, presumably allowing for greater protection, knowledge, communication, and heightened sensations and emotions. Yet naming touch can also stigmatize, normalize, and suppress haptic desires and experiences. What is the effect of naming touch? Are there kinds of touch that evade being named, such as those related to violence, trauma, or intense pleasure? What does the attempt to translate these haptic experiences do to language itself?