Affect Theory and Autoethnography in Ordinary Information Systems

Mads Bødker, Alan Chamberlain

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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 precognitive forces that impinge on a body and its capacity to act. A necessarily truncated account of affect theory, and three autoethnographic vignettes are presented to complement the philosophical exposition 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 infrastructures.
    TitelECIS 2016 Proceedings
    RedaktørerMeltem Özturan, Matti Rossi, Daniel Veit
    Antal sider17
    UdgivelsesstedAtlanta, GA
    ForlagAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    ISBN (Elektronisk)9780996683135
    StatusUdgivet - 2016
    BegivenhedThe 24th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2016 - Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Tyrkiet
    Varighed: 12 jun. 201615 jun. 2016
    Konferencens nummer: 24


    KonferenceThe 24th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2016
    LokationBoğaziçi University
    NavnProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems


    • Affect
    • Autoethnography
    • Philosophy
    • experience