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Connecting with Others: Empathy, Sympathy, and the Imagination Conference

Date: Wednesday 30 March to Friday 1 April 2016
Time: 9:15am - 5pm
Venue: CCANESA Boardroom (Rm 480), Madsen Building F09, The University of Sydney
Registration: This event is free. Registration required

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Conference Program

Wednesday 30 March

Understanding Other Minds/Ethics

  • 9.15-9.55 Jeanette Kennett (Macquarie): “Empathy, Interpretation, and Psychopathology”
  • 9.55-10.35 Neil Maclean (Sydney): “Breaking Down Empathy and Understanding Neurodiversity”
  • 10.35-10.55 Coffee
  • 10.55-11.35 Daniel Hutto (Wollongong): “Empathy: A Role for Narrative Engagement”
  • 11.35-12.15 Kate Abramson (Indiana): "Empathy and the Contours of Reactive Gratitude"
  • 12.15-2.00 Lunch
  • 2.00-2.40 Millicent Churcher (Sydney): “Recognition: A Role for the Sympathetic Imagination”
  • 2.40-3.20 Damien Freeman: "Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous People: a Case Study in the Limits of Empathy for Politics"
  • 3.20-3.35 Coffee

Sympathy in History

  • 3.35-4.15 Juanita Ruys (Sydney): “Compassion that Defrauds: Medieval Reservations over Fellow-Feeling with Others”
  • 4.15-4.55 Margaret Watkins (St Vincent College): “An Elegant Passion? Hume on Sympathy and Sex”

 

Thursday 31 March

  • 9.15-9.55 Maarten Steenhagen (Antwerp): “Sympathy without the Mind”
  • 9.55-10.35 Anik Waldow (Sydney): “Empathy and our Relation to the Past”
  • 10.35-10.55 Coffee
  • 10.55-11.35 Katherine Harloe (Reading): “In the wake of the Querelle: Sympathy and social concern in eighteenth-century dramatic theory”

Aesthetics

  • 11.35-12.15 Jennifer Milam (Sydney), “Feeling Sympathy and Viewing Art during the Eighteenth Century”
  • 12.15-2.00 Lunch
  • 2.00-2.40 Laura Kotevska (Sydney): “Aesthetic Morality and Moral Aesthetics: Adam Smith on Art and the Imagination”
  • 2.40-3.20 Moira Gatens (Sydney): “George Eliot’s Sympathetic Imagination”
  • 3.20-3.35 Coffee
  • 3.35-4.15 Derek Matravers (Open University): “Empathy in Aesthetics: Then and Now”
  • 4.15-4.55 David Macarthur (Sydney): Aesthetic Intimacy

6.00 Conference Dinner (at Thai Riffic, 109 King Street, Newtown)



Friday 1 April

Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

  • 9.15-9.55 Russell Grigg (Deakin): “What Place does Empathy have in Psychoanalysis?”
  • 9.55-10.35 Louise Braddock (Cambridge): “Why Psychoanalysts should avoid Empathy?”
  • 10.35-10.55 Coffee
  • 10.55-11.35 Louise Gyler (Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis): “The Violence of the Real and the Limits of Imagination”
  • 11.35-12.15 Talia Morag: "Communicating in Silence: The Case of Emotions"

12.15-12.55 Holly High: tba

Sponsors

Leverhulme Trust, British Academy
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions


Image: "Le ciel c'est l'autre", Erik Pevernagie