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IN-TOUCH: Digital Touch and Communication

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Project "IN-TOUCH" data sheet

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city: LONDON
postcode: WC1E 6BT
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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙947˙346 €
 EC max contribution 1˙947˙346 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 1˙947˙346.00


 Project objective

The rapid expansion of digital touch technologies is set to reconfigure touch and the tactile in significant ways, much as optical technologies transformed sight and the visual. This has immense social significance for communication. There are, however, major gaps in our understanding of touch as it is digitally mediated, and methods are under-developed for a social account of digital touch communication. This project will break new ground as the first comprehensive study of digital touch communication. It aims to obtain a deep understanding of the social and semiotic character of touch as it is mediated by digital technologies and its consequences and impact on human communication, through four objectives, to: 1. Develop innovative methodologies for researching digital touch communication; 2. Describe, explore and critically analyze the social and semiotic understanding of the communicative potentials and consequences of digital touch; 3. Advance new theoretical insights on digital touch communication; 4. Make a major contribution to knowledge on digital touch interventions and design. Digital touch will be brought into sharp focus through the development of a novel socially oriented framework and methods that integrate the micro-lens of multimodality, the broad-ethnographic lens of sensory anthropology, and the experiential-lens of the arts. Eight in-depth case studies will be conducted in world-leading centres of digital touch innovation, with designers and users of digital touch communication in the wild (e.g. museums) and labs. These will investigate how the digital can supplement, heighten, extend, and reconfigure touch communication across a range of contexts (health, learning, work, leisure); re-shape what can be touched, lead to new touch-based capacities, practices and new forms of knowledge about the world.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Val Mitchell, Garrath Wilson, Carey Jewitt, Kerstin Leder Mackley, Lili Golmohammadi, Douglas Atkinson, Sara Price
Digital Touch - Towards a Novel User-Experience Design Pedagogy
published pages: , ISSN: 1360-1431, DOI:
Design and Technology Education: An International Journal 2020-03-13
2019 Carey Jewitt, Kerstin Leder Mackley, Sara Price
Digital touch for remote personal communication: An emergent sociotechnical imaginary
published pages: 146144481989430, ISSN: 1461-4448, DOI: 10.1177/1461444819894304
New Media & Society 2020-03-13
2019 Jewitt, C., Leder Mackley, K., and Price, S.
Emerging Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Digital Touch for Remote Personal Communication
published pages: , ISSN: 1461-4448, DOI:
New Media and Society Journal 2019-08-30
2019 Leder Mackley, K., Jewitt, C., and Price, S.
In touch with baby: parenting and bio-sensing as mediated touch
published pages: , ISSN: 1357-034X, DOI:
Body and Society 2019-08-30
2018 Carey Jewitt, Kerstin Leder Mackley
Methodological dialogues across multimodality and sensory ethnography: digital touch communication
published pages: 90-110, ISSN: 1468-7941, DOI: 10.1177/1468794118796992
Qualitative Research 19/1 2019-08-30
2019 Jewitt, C., Leder Mackley, K., Atkinson, D. and Price, S
Rapid prototyping as a method for social science: researching digital touch
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Sage Handbook of Visual Research Methods 2019-08-30
2019 Carey Jewitt, Sara Price
Family touch practices and learning experiences in the museum
published pages: , ISSN: 1745-8927, DOI:
Senses and Society 2019-08-30
2018 Carey Jewitt, Sara Price, Kerstin Leder-Mackley, Douglas Atkinson, Invisible Flock Artist Collective
Remote Contact Exhibition Booklet
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:

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