1 The Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University2 Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
Starting from phenomenology's notion of orientation towards and involvement with the other and the surrounding environment the paper want to pursue a development from the meeting and opening up to the universalized other of phenomenology towards a focus on encounters with particular others. It is a matter of how bodies inhabit space through shared orientations and how bodies 'in touch' embody proximity or distance. The paper has a double entrance. 1. On embodied constitution of otherness - about how affective relations such as practical Orientalism (and practical occidentalism), abjection or fascination are shaped between bodies, both reflecting and shaping familiarity or otherness. 2. On experiencing otherness - about being the object of a hostile gaze, involving double consciousness, disorientation and the feeling of being bodies out-of-place Keywords in the paper will be embodied encounters, practice, orientation, proximity-distance, emotion.