Department of Philosophy
Name:Nicola Liberati
Title:Tenure-track Associate Professor

Research Expertise:Postphenomenology, Digital Intimacy, Augmented Reality, Smart Textile and Fashion, Husserlian Phenomenology, Roboethics, New Materialism, Responsible Design

Courses:At SJTU School of Humanities: China's Digital Revolution; Philosophy, Technology, and Society At the University of Michigan/SJTU JI: Professional Ethics; Introduction to Philosophy

I am a philosopher aiming to go beyond the “empirical turn” to analyse the effects of new digital technologies in our society by working with engineers, designers, and artists. I am currently working as Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). I won the “Overseas High Level Talent Program [海外高次人才] 2021” and other several international awards and funding like the JSPS Postdoctoral researcher (Japan), ERASMUS + (EU), the MASH’D Award at ISMAR2015, and the Best Paper by a Returning Member at SPM2014. I have more than 50 international publications, and I serve as Co-chair for the Society for Phenomenology and Media (CA, USA) and as ethical advisor for European research projects (HORIZON2020). Before joining SJTU, I worked in Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, and Mexico. Newspapers like Reuters (UK), de Volkskrant (NL)CNET (USA), Happinez (NL)and Il Fatto Quotidiano (IT) interviewed me, and commissions like UNESCO COMEST use my work highlighting the impact I have on societal issues.

Past Positions

2016 – 2019  Postdoctoral researcher, University of Twente, Dept. of Philosophy, the Netherlands

2014 – 2016 JSPS Postdoctoral researcher, Chukyo University, Dept. Liberal International Studies, Japan


2011 – 2014  Ph.D., University of Pisa (Italy)

For an updated list please see:

Google scholar (updated - 19/07/2022):

Citations: 354               h-index: 10                i10-index: 11

Peer reviewed publications

Journal Articles  Published 

  1. Liberati, Nicola (2022). “Digital intimacy in China and Japan: A phenomenological and postphenomenological perspective on love relationships at the time of digital technologies in China and Japan”. Human Studies, 1-15. (Indexed in SSCI, Scopus) 
  2. Mykhailov, Dmytro, and Liberati, Nicola (2022). “A Study of Technological Intentionality in C++ and Generative Adversarial Model: Phenomenological and Postphenomenological Perspectives.” Foundations of Science, March, 1–17. (Indexed in A&HCI, Scopus).
  3.  Liberati, Nicola, and Francesco Verso (2022). “Science Fiction Literature and Its Role in Society, Research, and Academia: Interview with Francesco Verso” Prometeica - Revista de Filosofía y Ciencias, no. Especial (August): 117–22. (Indexed in ESCIScopus).
  4. Liberati, Nicola, and Wu Yan (2022). “Science Fiction Literature and Its Role in Society, Research, and Academia: Interview with Wu Yan.” Prometeica - Revista de Filosofía y Ciencias, no. Especial (August): 112–16. (Indexed in ESCIScopus)
  5.  Liberati, Nicola and Maurizio Balistreri (2022). “Living in the New Era (代・新生).” Prometeica - Revista de Filosofía y Ciencias, no. Especial (August): 5–10. (Indexed in ESCIScopus)
  6. Liberati, Nicola (2021). "Phenomenology and Sex Robots: A Phenomenological Analysis of Sex Robots, Threesomes, and Love Relationships". International Journal of Technoethics (IJT) 12 (2), 86-97. (Indexed in Scopus)
  7. Liberati, Nicola (2021) "Reflections on an Externalized Digital Imagination". Foundations of Science (2021). (Indexed in A&HCI, Scopus)
  8. Liberati, Nicola (2021). “La vita nell'oggetto in fenomenologia, postfenomenologia, nuovo materialismo e Arte”. Endoxa: Prospettive sul presente, 29, 97-100, ISSN: 2531-7202, 
  9. Gauttier, Stéphanie and Liberati, Nicola. (2021). "Exploring the Relation Between Q Methodology and Phenomenology: Designing Conditions of Instruction Based on the Phenomenological Concepts of Variation and Horizons". Operant Subjectivity42, 33–57. doi:10.15133/j.os.2020.002 
  10. Rafizadeh R, Manavirad M, Liberati N (2021) “ نقش آواتار در تجربه بازیکن در بازی های ویدئویی ژانر بازی: مهاجم اول شخص [The Role of Avatars in Video Games Genre: First person shooter]” Honar-Ha-Ye-Ziba: Honar-Ha-Ye-Tajassomi, 25 (4), 101-108, DOI: 10.22059/jfava.2019.287355.666299
  11. Liberati, Nicola (2020). "The Borg-Eye and the We-I. The Production of a Collective living body through Wearable Computers". AI & SOCIETY , 35, 39-49. 10.1007/s00146-018-0840-x. (Indexed in Scopus, INSPEC )
  12. Liberati, Nicola ( 2020 ) " Making out with the world and valuing relationships with humans. Mediation theory and the introduction of teledildonics.". Paladyn: Journal of Behavioral Robotics. -0010 Volume 11, 108-114 (Indexed in Scopus)
  13. Liberati, Nicola and Balistreri, Maurizio (2020) “Living with artificial intelligence: An analysis of moral and philosophical implications of artificial intelligence in our everyday life”, HUMANA.MENTE Journal of Philosophical Studies, 13(37), I-VII . Retrieved from (Indexed in ESCI, Scopus, DOAJ)
  14. Rafizadeh R, Manavirad M, Liberati N (2020) “واکاوی نقش آواتار در جهان تخیلی تعاملی بازی‌های ویدئویی با استفاده از نظریه بینش دوگانه [The Role of Avatar in Interactive Fictional World of Video Games]”.; Honar-Ha-Ye-Ziba (Honar Haye Tajassomi)The Quarterly Periodical of The Advanced Research Institute of the Arts. 35 (9);  20-27 URL: (Indexed in ISC)
  15. Liberati, Nicola (2019), “Emotions and Digital Technologies. The Effects Digital Technologies Will Have on our Way of Feeling Emotions According to Post-Phenomenology and Mediation Theory” Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies Vol. 36, pp 292 – 309 (Indexed in ESCI, Scopus, DOAJ)
  16. Liberati, Nicola, et al. (2019) “Introduction to “Qualitative ontology in automated information systems and robotics"” . Philosophical Inquiries vol. VII, issue 1, 47-49.
  17. Liberati, Nicola (2018). “Phenomenology, Pokémon Go, and other Augmented Reality games. A study of a life among digital objects.” Human Studies, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 211–232. Printed version. https: // (Indexed in SSCIScopus)
  18. Liberati, Nicola and Shoji, Nagataki (2018). “Vulnerability under the gaze of robots. Relations among humans and robots”. AI & SOCIETY , 1-10. s00146-018-0849-1 (Indexed in Scopus, INSPEC )
  19. Liberati, Nicola (2018). "Facing the Digital Partner: A Phenomenological Analysis of Digital Otherness". Glimpse 19, pp. 99-107. (Indexed in EBSCO Discover)
  20. Liberati, Nicola (2017). “Teledildonics and New Ways of `Being in Touch': A Phenomenological Analysis of the Use of Haptic Devices for Intimate Relations”. Science and Engineering Ethics, Springer, 23 (3), 801-823 . . Printed version. (Indexed in SSCIScopus )
  21. Liberati, Nicola (2017). “The Emperor's new augmented clothes. Digital objects as part of the every day. ” Multimodal Technologies Interaction 1(4), 1-26. doi:10.3390/mti1040026 (Indexed in INSPEC (IET) , Scopus)
  22. Liberati, Nicola (2017). “Teledildonics and other kinkities. A phenomenological analysis of the “being in touch” through the new computer technologies”.  Glimpse 18, 103-110. DOI: 10.5840/glimpse20171812. (Indexed in EBSCO Discover )
  23. Kawamoto, Tetsuya and Liberati, Nicola (2017). “Floating in the Middle of the Soccer Field. An Immersive Education Initiative for Being Present into the Scene ”. Journal of Immersive Education ( JiED Journal of Immersive Education ).
  24. Liberati, Nicola (2016). “ Technology, Phenomenology and the Everyday World: A Phenomenological Analysis on How Technologies Mould Our World ”. Human Studies , 39 (2), 189-216, doi: 10.1007/s10746-015-9353 -5. . Printed version. (Indexed in SSCIScopus)
  25. Liberati, Nicola (2016). “ Augmented reality and ubiquitous computing: the hidden potentialities of augmented reality ”. AI & SOCIETY , 31 (1), 17-28, 2016. ISSN: 0951-5666. doi: 10.1007/s00146 -014-0543-x. . Printed version. (Indexed in Scopus, INSPEC )
  26. Liberati, Nicola (2016). “ Wearables, Borg and a common living body ”. Glimpse 17, 56-61 DOI: 10.5840/glimpse2016178. (Indexed in EBSCO Discover)
  27. Liberati Nicola et al. (2016) “ The Enactive Approach to Qualitative Ontology: In Search of New Categories ”. Editorial for Special Issue on “The Enactive Approach to Qualitative Ontology: In Search of New Categories” Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies 31, III-XIII, ISSN: 1972-1293. (Indexed in ESCI, Scopus, DOAJ)
  28. Liberati, Nicola and Nagataki, Shoji (2015). “ The AR glasses' “non-neutrality”: their knock-on effects on the subject and on the giveness of the object ”. Ethics and Information Technology 17 (2), 125-137, ISSN: 1388-1957, DOI: 10.1007/s10676-015-9370-0, . (Indexed in A&HCI, SSCI, Scopus )
  29. Liberati, Nicola (2014). "Leib and technologies: relations and co-foundation". Investigaciones Fenomenológicas 11, 165-184, e-ISSN: 1885-1088 (Indexed in ESCI).
  30. Liberati, Nicola (2014). “Augmented reality, phenomenology and the disclosure of our “personal” creator ”. Glimpse 15, 55-58. (Indexed in EBSCO Discover)

Journal Articles already accepted     

  1. Liberati, Nicola (already accepted).  “Being digitally intimately connected. Mediation theory and the generation of new sexual intimacy thanks to the use of new computer devices”. Phenomenological Association in Japan

- Proceedings

  1. Eggink, Wouter and Ozkaramanli, Deger and Zaga, Cristina and Liberati, Nicola “ Setting the stage for responsible design ” Proceedings of DRS2020 , Volume 2, pp. 713-730 ISBN 978-1-912294-38-1 https:/ /      
  2. Kawamoto, Tetsuya and Liberati, Nicola and Verdicchio, Mario (2019). “ Perceptual 3D vision with multiple Video Byōbu ”.  ACM VRIC '18 Proceedings of the Virtual Reality International Conference-Laval Virtual
  3. Liberati, Nicola (2018). “ Phenomenology and the object's constitution through technology ”. Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy , Vol 27, pp 67-71.
  4. Liberati, Nicola (2015). “ Augmented “Ouch!”. How to create intersubjective augmented objects into which we can bump ”. Mixed and Augmented Reality-Media, Art, Social Science, Humanities and Design (ISMAR-MASH'D ), 2015 IEEE International Symposium on. 21-26, Sept. 29 2015-Oct. 3 2015. doi: 10.1109/ISMAR-MASHD.2015.14. URL: tp=&arnumber=7350730&isnumber=7350713.
  5. Liberati, Nicola (2014). “[Poster] A single co-lived augmented world or many solipsistic fantasies? ”. Mixed and Augmented Reality-Media, Art, Social Science, Humanities and Design (ISMAR-MASH'D), 2014 IEEE International Symposium on, 71-72, 10-12 Sept. 2014, doi: 10.1109/ISMAR-AMH.2014.6935443.
  6. Liberati, Nicola (2013). “ Improving the embodiment relations by means of phenomenological analysis on the “reality” of ARs ”. 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality-Arts, Media, and Humanities (ISMAR-AMH) 0 , 13-17, 2013. doi:

- Edited Special Issues

  1. Liberati, Nicola and Romele, Alberto and Gauttier, Stéphanie (accepted 2023/2024) “Digital Bodies: Pleasure, Pain, and Society”, Axiomathes (Indexed in AHCI, Scopus)
  2. Liberati, Nicola and Kanemitsu, Hidekazu and Haiqing, Ji (2022/already accepted) “Chinese and Japanese postphenomenology: A path to Sino-Japanese collaborations in postphenomenology”, Human Studies (Indexed in SSCIScopus)
  3. Liberati, Nicola and Balistreri, Maurizio (2022) “Living in the New Era” Prometeica (ESCIScopus)
  4. Liberati, Nicola et al (eds.) (2020) “Living with artificial intelligence. An analysis of moral and philosophical implications of artificial intelligence in our everyday life.” Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies 37.  (Indexed in ESCI, Scopus, DOAJ)
  5. Liberati, Nicola et al (eds.) (2019) “Special Issue based on 4th International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots”. Paladyn: Journal of Behavioral Robotics.  (Indexed in Scopus)
  6. Liberati, Nicola et al. (eds) (2019) “Qualitative ontology in automated information systems and robotics”. Philosophical Inquiries. (Indexed in Scopus)
  7. Liberati Nicola et al. (eds) (2016) “The Enactive Approach to Qualitative Ontology: In Search of New Categories”. Humana.Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies 31.  (Indexed in ESCI, Scopus, DOAJ)

Book chapters (refereed)

  1. Liberati, Nicola ( 2022/already accepted). " Digital emotions. A way of structuring emotions through digital technologies " in Emotions, Communication, Interaction .
  2. Liberati, Nicola (2022/already accepted). “Phantasy and technologically embedded imagination: A phenomenological and postphenomenological analysis” in The Philosophy of Imagination: Technology, Art, Ethics
  3. Liberati, Nicola (2019). “ Mediation theory between Pokémon Go and the everyday world ”. In: V. Geroimenko (Ed.), Augmented Reality Games I: Understanding the Phenomenon of Pokémon GO by Springer. 51-60
  4. Liberati Nicola (2018). “ Achieving a self-satisfied intimate life through computer technologies?”. In: A. Altobrando, R. Stone, T. Niikawa (eds). Self and (its) Realization Information , Palgrave. ISBN : 978-3-319-94699
  5. Liberati, Nicola (2018). “ Being Riajuu [リア充]. A phenomenological analysis of sentimental relationships with “digital others” ”. In: Cheok A., Levy D. (eds), Love and Sex with Robots . LSR 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10715. Springer, Cham, 12-25. (Indexed in CPCI, Scopus, EI Engineering Index)
  6. Liberati, Nicola (2017). “ Magic, augmentations, and digital powers. The evolution of the interface in new digital media, and the effects of its disappearance. ”In: Y. Van Den Eede, S. O'Neal Irwin , G. Wellner (eds), Postphenomenology and Media. Essays on Human-Media-World Relations . Lexington Books. 63-77.
  7. Liberati, Nicola (2016). " The From Information to Perception: The Emerging of The new new Design of Computer Technologies and ITS Effects " the In:. Gadducci F., M. Tavosanis (EDS) . HaPoC History and Philosophy of Computing, 2015 . IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology , vol 487. Springer, Cham. 203-215. (Indexed in CPCI, Scopus, EI Engineering Index)
  8. Liberati, Nicola (2015). ""Digital Materiality" and Augmented Reality ". In: Adrian David Cheok (ed) Hyperconnectivity and the Future of Internet Communication , Chapter 4. Lambert Academic Press. ISBN 978-3-659-54415 -6
  9. Liberati, Nicola (2015). " Introduzione alla Realtà Aumentata ". In: Roberta Lanfredini (ed) Architettura della conoscenza e ontologia , Mimesis, 315-338.

Book chapters (non-refereed)

  1. Liberati, Nicola (2022 / already accepted). "  Values and Ancient hyperconnected Objects  ." Dini Gabriele the In (ED)  Every IS A Gift the fragment  . MAD-Murate Art District.     

Non-refereed articles

  • Liberati, Nicola, and Chen, Jiaying (2022). “Preliminaries to “Digital Intimacy” The exploration of the changes in values and meanings of intimacy in the digital age” BAU - Container of Contemporary Culture, 10-12.
  • Liberati, Nicola (2016). " Private たちはボーグか? --- Technology による集体としての  主體をめぐって".フッサール研究(Husserl Studies in Japan) 13, 2432- 0552. IS
  • Liberati, Nicola and Nagataki, Shoji (2015). “ Emerging computer technologies: from information to perception ”. Preliminary Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC 2015), Pisa University Press srl, 56- 57, ISBN: 978-88-6741-576-2.
  • Liberati, Nicola (2014). " Intersubjectivity and Augmented Reality ". Proceedings of the 16th Annual international conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media 2, 63-68.
  • Liberati, Nicola (2014). “ Augmented reality, phenomenology and the disclosure of our “personal” creator ”. Proceedings of the 15th Annual international conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media 1, 91-94.
  • Liberati, Nicola (2012). " Between Leib and Technology: A phenomenology of the living body's constitution ". Glimpse 14, 93-97.
  • Liberati, Nicola (2012). “ Lebenswelt and Its Relations to Culture ”. The 13th International Society for the Study of European Ideas-ISSEI-Proceedings, 2012. .


Published interviews

  1. Bonfiglioli, Cristina and Liberati, Nicola (2021) “Methodological challenges for a new Philosophy of Technology: Interview with Nicola Liberati” Prometeica (ESCI, Scopus)


2021 海外高层次人才计划 [Overseas High Level Talent Program]

2015 Best MASH'D Full Paper Award, IEEE, ISMAR2015, Fukuoka (Japan).     
2014 Best Paper by a Returning Member Award, SPM2014, Freiburg (Germany).   


2021 ERC Starting Grant (1.5 million EUR), I passed to the interview

2019 Erasmus + (350k EUR)    

2019 NWO VIDI 2019 (800k EUR) I passed to the interview    
2018 NWO collaboration with Japan (JSPS )-Joint Seminars, Robotics (the formal applicant is Prof. dr. ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek).    
2014 – 2016 Postdoctoral fellowship JSPS. (The success rate of this application was 9.8%)
2014 – 2016 Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (JSPS) as first applicant ( e-grants/).

Most relevant memberships:  
  • Since 2016, Co-chair of the Society for Phenomenology and Media, San Diego (CA, USA) 
  • 2020, Member of the External Advisory Board on Ethics for the ERC Consolidator Grant FACETS project (funded by European commission). 
  • 2019-2019, Member of the External Advisory Board on Ethics for the HR-Recycler project (funded by European commission). 
  • Since 2019, Guest Editor for a special issue, Paladyn: Journal of Behavioral Robotics by de Gruyter. 
  • Since 2019, Guest Editor for a special issue, International Journal Humana.mente. Journal of Philosophical Studies 
  • 2019, Programme chair of the conference on Love and Sex with Robots 2019
  • Since 2015, Member of the research groupQuOTech (Qualitative Ontology and Technology), Florence, (Italy). As output, we edited two special issues in international journal (see section 5c) 
  • Since 2014, External Council Researcher of ChukyoTV IVVV R&D project, Chukyo TV, Nagoya (Japan)
  • Since 2012, Member of the Executive CommitteeInternational Journal Philosophical Inquiries. (Ranked “Fascia A”)


2020 Invited Keynote, “Wearing, playing, and living with digital objects”, CGCO'2020, Isfahan (Iran). 
2018 Invited Keynote, “Phenomenology of magic with new computer interfaces”, Medios: Medios sociales o antisociales?, Puebla (Mexico).