Ways of dwelling: a phenomenological approach 
Kristofer Hansson (Malmö University)
Karin Högström (Stockholm University)
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Bodies, Affects, Senses, Emotions
VG 4.107
Start time:
28 March, 2017 at 8:30 (UTC+0)
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Short Abstract:

This panel explores how phenomenology can contribute to a critical understanding of dwelling. We dwell in and with our bodies, in relation to objects, rooms, neighborhoods and other bodies. Embodied dwellings can entail comfort or discomfort; feeling at home or at odds, fitting in or standing out.

Long Abstract

In recent years phenomenology has increasingly inspired ethnologist and folklorists to open up new and important fields - both theoretical and empirical. This panel invites papers exploring how phenomenological perspectives can contribute to a critical understanding of different aspects of dwelling. Another central theme is how we apply phenomenological perspectives in our fieldwork and analysis. How does phenomenology become ethnology and folkloristics?

Dwelling is embodied. We dwell in our bodies, and we dwell with our bodies. This embodied subjectivity is an important starting point for phenomenology. Our bodies are also situated in space and time. This implies other aspects of dwelling: we are embodied subjects dwelling near or far from other people; in or out of rooms, buildings, neighborhoods or nations. Dwelling can imply comfort; feeling "at home" in your body, room, or part of the world. From this point of departure, it is easy to move towards and away from objects, places and other bodies. Dwelling can also be uncomfortable: feeling at odds with your own body or the environment, not (being regarded as) fitting in the room, neighborhood or nation. Movements can be restricted or stopped, while staying in certain places can be forbidden. This makes dwelling unstable and uncomfortable. However, such moments of crisis may also open up new possibilities and induce creativity and craft. How can phenomenological perspectives contribute to the understanding of crisis, creativity and craft in relation to different aspects of dwelling? And how do we approach this methodologically, as ethnologists and folklorists?

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