Mediating the Human Body: Technology, Communication, and Fashion

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Synopsis: The ever-increasing integration of technology and the human body is attracting attention from religious, business, and political leaders around the world, and the topic promises to be a significant social issue in the 21st century. In Mediating the Human Body: Technology, Communication, and Fashion, editors Leopoldina Fortunati, James E. Katz, and Raimonda Riccini bring together a thoughtful group of leading international scholars and analysts to explore the effects of new technologies on human beings. They focus specifically on the intersection of new communication technologies and the body, and offer novel insights based on recent theoretical progress and current research on new interpersonal technology.

Through literary analysis, historical comparisons, analytical reports, and speculative interpretations, the contributors to this volume seek to understand the experience of the body as it is mediated among competing forces and intellectual domains. Arising from The Human Body Between Technologies, Communication and Fashion symposium held in Milan, Italy, contributions cover a wide array of topics and offer varied perspectives on how communication technologies are assimilated into people's lives, bodies, and homes, and thus become part of individuals' self-images and social relationships. From this multidisciplinary, multi-national base, the volume illuminates the sense and dimension of this interpenetration between body and technology. In its broad scope, the topics range from the wellsprings of consciousness to the use of technology as a fashion statement.

Bringing together scholarship from a variety of disciplines, including communication, medicine, technology, and human-computer interaction, this distinctive anthology will provide new insights to scholars and advanced students exploring body-technology intersections and the attendant implications. Mediating the Human Body offers a unique contribution to future discussions, and will be relevant to continuing study and research in communication and technology, human-computer interaction, gender studies, social psychology, and design.

About the Author: James E. Katz is professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Rutgers University where he also directs the Center for Mobile Communication Studies. In 2009, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Twentieth Century Communications History (Italy). Prior to coming to Rutgers, Katz headed a social science research unit at Bell Communications Research. He has two patents in the telecommunications field and has held fellowships at Harvard and MIT. He is the author of "Magic in the Air: Mobile Communication and the Transformation of Social Life and Connections: Social and Cultural Studies of the Telephone in American Life, "published by Transaction.

Dr Aakhus is Assistant Professor of Communication at Rutgers. He investigates how new media and communication formats are designed and implemented to solve problems of human communication. within this domain, Aakhus is especially interested in investigating how such innovations affect the quality of human activities in the areas of learning, organizing, decision-making, and conflict-management. He has published in technology and communication journals. His work appears regularly in international proceedings on argumentation and disputing processes. He earned a Ph. D. at the University of Arizona in Communication with a specialization in Management Information Communication and Technology Commission. He is dispute-mediator and has invented a distributed learning application for educating professionals.

Patrizia Calefato is Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Pratiche Linguistiche e Analisi di Testi, Universita degli Studi di Bari. She is Deputy President of the Italian Association of Semiotic Studies and serves on the Executive Committee of the Societa Italiana delle Letterate (Italian Society of Women in Literature).

Susan Kaiser is professor of women's and gender studies and master advisor of textiles and clothing at the University of California, Davis.

Rich Ling is Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, Senior Research Scientist at the Telenor Research Institute near Oslo, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan. He is the author of "New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion" (MIT Press, 2008).

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