Nicola Liberati is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente working on the project “Theorizing Technological Mediation: toward an empirical-philosophical theory of technology” (NWO Grant number: 277-20-006).
His work focusses on emerging computer technologies and their effects on the everyday world from a phenomenological perspective. He is especially interested in Augmented Reality, Wearable Computers, Teledildonics, Sex with Robots, and Husserl’s phenomenology.
He is the Vice-chair of the Society for Phenomenology and Media, an external consultant of Chukyo TV, a member of QuOTech Lab (Qualitative Ontology and Technology Laboratory), and a reviewer and a member of the editorial board of international journals like Philosophia, Multimodal Technologies and Interaction and Philosophical Inquiries.
Nicola Liberati worked for two years (2014-2016) as a JSPS postdoctoral researcher at Chukyo University (中京大学) (Japan) focussing mainly on Augmented Reality, Wearable Computers, and Postphenomenology. He successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis “Augmented Reality and Phenomenology: The creation of “digital materiality” and the knock-on effects of such a futuristic potentiality” in 2014 at the University of Pisa (Italy).
He won the IEEE Best MASH’D Full Paper Award at the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR2015), and the Best Paper by a Returning Member Award at the conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media (SPM2014).
Liberati, Nicola. “Teledildonics and other kinkities. A phenomenological analysis of the “being in touch” through the new computer technologies”. In: Glimpse 18, pp. 103–110, 2017. DOI:10.5840/glimpse20171812.
Kawamoto, Tetsuya and Liberati, Nicola. “Floating in the Middle of the Soccer Field. An Immersive Education Initiative for Being Present into the Scene”. In: Journal of Immersive Education (JiED Journal of Immersive Education).
Liberati, Nicola. “Teledildonics and New Ways of ‘Being in Touch’: A Phenomenological Analysis of the Use of Haptic Devices for Intimate Relations”. In: Science and Engineering Ethics, Springer, pp. 1–23, DOI: 10.1007/s11948-016-9827-5. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11948-016-9827-5.
— “Technology, Phenomenology and the Everyday World: A Phenomenological Analysis on How Technologies Mould Our World”. In: Human Studies, Springer Netherlands, 39 (2), pp. 189–216, doi: 10.1007/s10746-015-9353-5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10746-015-9353-5. Printed version.
— “Augmented reality and ubiquitous computing: the hidden potentialities of augmented reality”. In: AI & SOCIETY, Springer, 31 (1), pp. 17–28, 2016. issn: 0951-5666. doi: 10.1007/s00146-014-0543-x. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00146-014-0543-x. Printed version.
— “Wearables, Borg and a common living body”. In: Glimpse 17, pp. 56–61.
Liberati, Nicola. “Technology, Phenomenology and the Everyday World: A Phenomenological Analysis on How Technologies Mould Our World”. In: Human Studies, Springer Netherlands, pp. 1–28, 2015, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10746-015-9353-5.
Liberati, Nicola and Nagataki, Shoji. “The AR glasses’ “non-neutrality”: their knock-on effects on the subject and on the giveness of the object”. In: Ethics and Information Technology, Springer Netherlands, 17 (2), pp. 125–137, 2015, ISSN: 1388-1957, DOI: 10.1007/s10676-015-9370-0, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10676-015-9370-0.
Liberati, Nicola. “Leib and technologies: relations and co-foundation”. In: Investigaciones Fenomenológicas 11, pp. 165-184, 2014, e-ISSN: 1885-1088.
— “[Poster] a single co-lived augmented world or many solipsistic fantasies?”. In: Mixed and Augmented Reality – Media, Art, Social Science, Humanities and Design (ISMAR-MASH’D), 2014 IEEE International Symposium on , vol., no., pp. 71–72, 10-12 Sept. 2014, doi: 10.1109/ISMARAMH.2014.6935443.
— “Augmented reality and ubiquitous computing: the hidden potentialities of augmented reality”. In: AI & SOCIETY, Springer, pp. 1–12, 2014. issn: 0951-5666. doi: 10.1007/s00146-014-0543-x.http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00146-014-0543-x.
— “Augmented reality, phenomenology and the disclosure of our “personal” creator”. In: Glimpse 15, pp. 55–58, 2014.
Liberati Nicola et al. “The Enactive Approach to Qualitative Ontology: In Search of New Categories”. In: Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies, Vol. 31, pp. III–XIII, 2016. ISSN: 1972-1293.
Liberati, Nicola and Nagataki, Shoji. “Emerging computer technologies: from information to perception”. In: Preliminary Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC 2015), Pisa University Press srl, pp. 56–57, 2015, ISBN:978-88-6741-576-2.
Liberati, Nicola. “Intersubjectivity and Augmented Reality”. In: Proceedings of the 16th Annual international conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media 2, pp. 63-68, 2014.
— “Augmented reality, phenomenology and the disclosure of our “personal” creator”. In: Proceedings of the 15th Annual international conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media 1, pp. 91–94, 2014.
Liberati, Nicola. “Between Leib and Technology: A phenomenology of the living body’s constitution”. In: Glimpse 14, pp. 93–97, 2012.
— “Lebenswelt and Its Relations to Culture”. In: The 13th International Society for the Study of European Ideas – ISSEI – Proceedings, 2012. url: http://hdl.handle.net/10797/6150.
Forthcoming (already accepted)
Liberati, Nicola. “Facing the Digital Partner: A Phenomenological Analysis of the Digital Otherness”. In: Proceedings of the 19th Annual international conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media.
Liberati, Nicola. “From Information to Perception: The new design of the emerging computer technologies and its effects”. In: Gadducci F., Tavosanis M. (eds) History and Philosophy of Computing. HaPoC 2015. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 487. Springer, Cham. pp. 203–215, 2016
Liberati, Nicola. (Invited) ““Digital Materiality” and Augmented Reality”. In: Adrian David Cheok (ed) Hyperconnectivity and the Future of Internet Communication. Lambert Academic Press.
— “Introduzione alla Realtà Aumentata”. In: Roberta Lanfredini (ed) Architettura della conoscenza e ontologia. Ed. by Roberta Lanfredini, Mimesis, pp. 315–338, 2015.
Forthcoming (already accepted)
Liberati, Nicola. “Magic, augmentations, and digital powers. The evolution of the interface in new digital media, and the effects of its disappearance. ”. In: Postphenomenology and Media. Ed. by Y. Van Den Eede, S. O’Neal Irwin, G. Wellner, Lexington Books.
Works under review
Liberati, Nicola. “AR-t and the overcoming of cyberspace. Suggesting another way to use AR”
— “The Borg-Eye and the We-I. The Production of a Collective Leib through Wearable Computers”
— “Phenomenology, Pokémon Go, and other Augmented Reality games. A study of a life among digital objects”
— “Being riajuu [リア充]. A phenomenological analysis of sentimental relationships with “digital others””
Liberati, Nicola and Kawamoto, Tetsuya. “Projecting a floating presence into another place of the world. A first step toward teleportation”.