Towards a new definition of Empathy

  1. An aesthetic experience: It is embodied as a visceral relation with other bodies.
  2. A form of attentiveness: In a way to be permeable by the other bodies’ capacities of affect.
  3. A mutual attunement: As a corporeal and sensory relation with other bodies and the environment.
  4. An emotional bonding: Shared experiences as intensities of feelings.
  5. A form of affect in circulation: As the effect caused by the affects in movement and transition.
  6. A becoming together: Following Heidegger’s being-in-the-world, we become part of it with other bodies and in relation with the others.
  7. An event in-between places: As a matter of conviviality in space and time.
  8. A mediation between structures of feeling and feelings of structure: Following Anderson and Pedwell, how reality is manifested as emotionally structured.
  9. An ordering force: As a matter of ordering the spaces and interactions.
  10. As affective translation: Following Pedwell’s definition of empathy.
  11. A Co-Performance: Following Gillian Rose, producing practices and habits together.

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HCI, STS, Urban Studies or something in between. @geoC_EU PhD Candidate at @geotecUJI. Sarcastic, Skeptic, almost an idiot. From Buenos Aires, living abroad.

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Manuel Portela

Manuel Portela

HCI, STS, Urban Studies or something in between. @geoC_EU PhD Candidate at @geotecUJI. Sarcastic, Skeptic, almost an idiot. From Buenos Aires, living abroad.

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