Natasha Lushetich

Phenomenal continuity – the experience of life as a whole – is determined always anew in the discontinuity of disparate moments. Each and every moment reconfigures our history, and therefore, our narrative identity. Lived temporality – our psychosomatic disposition, the way we perceive physical, psychological, and imaginary time, and our lived materiality – our shape, size, weight, and the shape, seize, weight and texture of things and objects in our environment – are in a continuous process of mutation. While our perceptual frame is determined by past experiences, it manifests only in the present. Likewise, it is in the present that the prospective framing of futural events occurs. Phenomenal continuity is, for this reason, constituted in situations that frame disparate sequences of events as continuity.

Departing from three different but interrelated concepts: Agamben’s notion of the monastic habit as both a garment and as ‘law in the making’ (2011); Bourdieu’s habitus, as intertwined with doxa and social field (1977); and Heidegger’s phenomenology of revealing-concealing (1962), this presentation ponders continuity and individuation as a paradoxical process that collapses the different scales of magnitude while simultaneously embroiling intensity and extensity. With the aid of auto-ethnography, I journey through the landscapes of discipline/training and gelassenheit, pain and pleasure, break-through moments and emotional/cognitive deserts in order to arrive at a theorisation of the processual habit I refer to as ‘I’.

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