, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 297–315 | Cite as

Touching technologies, touching visions. The reclaiming of sensorial experience and the politics of speculative thinking

  • María Puig de la Bellacasa
Original Article


The sense of touch is being revalued in disparate places, from cultural theory to expanding markets of haptic technologies. In this paper I explore the potential of thinking with literal and figural meanings of touch. My standpoint inherits from discussions in feminist knowledge politics and constructivist conceptions of science and technology that problematize epistemological distances – between objects and subjects; knowledge and the world; and science and politics. In this direction, touch expresses a sense of material embodied relationality that seemingly eschews abstractions and detachments that have been associated with knowledge-as-vision. Engaging speculatively with experience, knowledge and technology as touch, I explore the differences made by touching visions.


touch technology knowledge politics feminism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Puig de la Bellacasa
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social Sciences, Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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