Affect Theory and Autoethnography in Ordinary Information Systems

Mads Bødker, Alan Chamberlain

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECIS 2016 Proceedings
    EditorsMeltem Özturan, Matti Rossi, Daniel Veit
    Number of pages17
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2016
    Article number178
    ISBN (Electronic)9780996683135
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event24th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2016 - Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
    Duration: 12 Jun 201615 Jun 2016
    Conference number: 24
    http://www.ecis2016.eu/en/

    Conference

    Conference24th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2016
    Number24
    LocationBoğaziçi University
    CountryTurkey
    CityIstanbul
    Period12/06/201615/06/2016
    Internet address
    SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems

    Keywords

    • Affect
    • Autoethnography
    • Philosophy
    • Experience

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