Affect theory and autoethnography in ordinary information systems

Bødker, Mads and Chamberlain, Alan (2016) Affect theory and autoethnography in ordinary information systems. In: Twenty-Fourth European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), 12-15 June 2016, Istanbul, Turkey.

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This paper uses philosophical theories of affect as a lens for exploring autoethnographic renderings of everyday experience with information technology. Affect theories, in the paper, denote a broad trend in post-humanistic philosophy that explores sensation and feeling as emergent and relational pre- cognitive forces that impinge on a body and its capacity to act. A necessarily truncated account of af- fect theory, and three autoethnographic vignettes are presented to complement the philosophical ex- position and to provide reflections on possible empirical tactics for affective research in IS. Inspired by the challenges to IS reflected in Yoo’s notion of Experiential Computing, the paper contributes with examples of how everyday attentiveness to the senses can unveil new forms of embodiment related to ‘living with technology’. It suggests that feelings (both sensory visceral as well as more generalized moods) emerge out of intimate embodied entanglement with ubiquitous computing technologies infra- structures.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: affect, auto ethnography, philosophy, experience, design
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Chamberlain, Dr Alan
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 08:07
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:56

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