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Dominika Lisy

PhD student

I am curious about the human/non-human and self/other boundary by looking at affective human-robot-interaction through the lens of feminist theory and philosophy. 

My PhD project is on empathy and social robots from a feminist philosophy perspective. I draw from new materialist and posthuman feminist theory to understand the boundaries of binaries such as human/non-human, self/other, and reason/emotion. I want to contribute with this work to ethical implementations of empathy in robots. In particular, I am arguing for understanding empathy differently than within a human body. Empathy to me is a process of crossing boundaries and in order to think about this concept I explore the skin as a boundary of the self to understand the sturdiness or flexibility of boundaries of the self or being human. The first part of my project will be a philosophical engagement on the reconfiguration of empathic interaction and my personal research process as a way to unlearn dominant forms of knowing in academic and disciplinary structures. Building on that, in the second part I plan to be more involved with practical aspects of creating affective interaction with robots in order to implement and experiment with my theoretical ideas on empathy.



Giulia Perugia, Katie Winkle, Dominika Lisy (2023) GENDERING ROBOTS (GenR): Ongoing (Re)Configurations of Gender in Robotics International Journal of Social Robotics Continue to DOI
Giulia Perugia, Dominika Lisy (2023) Robots Gendering Trouble: A Scoping Review of Gendering Humanoid Robots and Its Effects on HRI International Journal of Social Robotics Continue to DOI