IN-TOUCH will result in an innovative interdisciplinary framework, new methods, and crucial theoretical insights for researching digital touch communication.IN-TOUCH will integrate three scholarly ‘lenses’:


  • The micro-semiotic lens of multimodality will be used to generate a fine-grained account of digital touch
  •  The ethnographic-lens of anthropology of the senses will be used to investigate the social-cultural aspects of digital touch
  •  The experiential-lens of the arts will be used to generate an account of digital touch affect and emotion

This framework will enable us to bring together a novel range of methods, enhance our engagement with non-linguistic methods, and develop innovative methodology. In developing our analysis of the data we will engage other academics, artists, industry, and the public to interrogate digital touch through methods workshops and events.