This list reflects a rather broad definition of touch. In a sense, a phenomenology of proprioception might better describe the part of touch that I’m focussed on. How does that sense of proprioception inform gesture and touch? How does the motion of a handshake tell us the emotional tenor of those with whom we shake hands? How do we know the motion is friendly, or cold or reticent? Even more precisely, I’m thinking specifically about playful movements. I hope this ever-expanding list of literature will help me gain insights into this question.
If you have any suggestions for additions, please leave a comment.


Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn, and John Hockey. “Feeling the way: Notes toward a haptic phenomenology of distance running and scuba diving.” International review for the sociology of sport (2010).

Bermúdez, José Luis. “The phenomenology of bodily awareness.” Phenomenology and philosophy of mind (2005): 295-322.

Blakemore, S-J., et al. “Somatosensory activations during the observation of touch and a case of vision–touch synaesthesia.” Brain 128.7 (2005): 1571-1583.

Dogantan-Dack, Mine (2011) In the beginning was gesture: piano touch and an introduction to a phenomenology of the performing body. In: New perspectives on music and gesture. Gritten, Anthony and King, Elaine, eds. Ashgate, Aldershot. ISBN 9780754664628

Hertenstein, Matthew J. “Touch: Its communicative functions in infancy.” Human Development 45.2 (2002): 70-94.
Hockey, John, and Jacquelyn Allen Collinson. “Grasping the phenomenology of sporting bodies.” International review for the sociology of sport 42.2 (2007): 115-131.

Krueger, Lester E. “Tactual perception in historical perspective: David Katz’s world of touch.” Tactual Perception; A Sourcebook (1982): 1-55.

Larssen, Astrid Twenebowa, Toni Robertson, and Jenny Edwards. “The feel dimension of technology interaction: exploring tangibles through movement and touch.” Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Tangible and embedded interaction. ACM, 2007.[PDF] from [PDF]
Mattens, Filip. “Perception, body, and the sense of touch: phenomenology and philosophy of mind.” Husserl studies 25.2 (2009): 97-120. DOI 10.1007/s10743-009-9054-x

McHugh, Kevin E. “Touch at a distance: toward a phenomenology of film.” GeoJournal(2015): 1-13.

Mensch, James. “Artificial intelligence and the phenomenology of flesh.” PhaenEx 1.1 (2006): 73-85.

Paterson, Mark. The senses of touch: Haptics, affects and technologies. Berg, 2007.

Paterson, Mark. “Affecting touch: towards a felt phenomenology of therapeutic touch.” Emotional Geographies (2005): 161-176.

Pink, Sarah. “Multimodality, multisensoriality and ethnographic knowing: social semiotics and the phenomenology of perception.” Qualitative Research 11.3 (2011): 261-276.

Pirovolakis, Eftichis. “Derrida and Husserl’s Phenomenology of Touch:“Inter” as the Uncanny Condition of the Lived Body.” Word and Text, A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 2 (2013): 99-118.

Ratcliffe, Matthew. “Touch and situatedness.” International Journal of Philosophical Studies 16.3 (2008): 299-322.

Sarukkai, Sundar. “phenomenology of Untouchability.” Economic and Political Weekly (2009): 39-48.

Schütz-Bosbach, Simone, Jason Jiri Musil, and Patrick Haggard. “Touchant-touché: The role of self-touch in the representation of body structure.” Consciousness and cognition 18.1 (2009): 2-11.

Young, Iris Marion. “Throwing like a girl: A phenomenology of feminine body comportment motility and spatiality.” Human studies 3.1 (1980): 137-156.,5