Accepted Paper:

Homeliness: Identity and selfhood in an age of transition  

Author:

Lars Botin (Aalborg University)

Paper short abstract:

Building on the ideas of Heidegger, Bachelard, and postphenomenology, this paper develops an original perspective on “home” and “homeliness” as technology can enhance, empower and/or emancipate the transitory human in an age of globalization and migration.

Paper long abstract:

Martin Heidegger and Gaston Bachelard was of the opinion that in order to be truly human you had to have an in-depth experience of home and belonging. In these times of constant change, transition, and recently escape and migration, it is difficult if not impossible to obtain and/or maintain a sense of homeliness, hence, in a Heidegger and Bachelard perspective, to remain, be and/or become a human. Can we think of identity and self in different ways than classical phenomenology and hence make ways for new designs of 'home' that meets the current situation of change, transition, mobility and movement?

Post-phenomenology with its multi-stable view and perception of technology offers a conceptual framework for new definitions of home and homeliness, which bends towards bodily appropriation of the technology of the home. Home has to be conceived as a technology that transcends mere building, shelter and dwelling and makes way for different kinds of being. The paper will point at how home and homeliness as technology can enhance, empower and/or emancipate the transitory human in an age of globalization and migration.

Keywords: Homeliness, identity, post-phenomenology, transitions

Panel T145
Postphenomenological Research: Technologies, Robots, and Human Identity