Workshop "Empathy and its Limits", TU Dortmund

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: paul.klur@tu-dortmund.de
Deadline: 15.03.2021
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Abstracts
Ort: Dortmund
Datum: 30.09.2021
Uhrzeit: 08:00 Uhr
Ende: 01.10.2021 18:00
Veranstaltende Institution: TU Dortmund

Although empathy has received much attention over the past decades, there is still disagreement about what empathy is and how it can be distinguished from other mental phenomena such as sympathy, compassion or contagion. The aim of this workshop is to gain clarity on the concept of empathy. Questions we intend to discuss include, but are not limited to:


•Does empathy involve knowing what another person thinks or feels, based on, for example, theoretical considerations?

•Alternatively, is to have empathy to imagine yourself being another person?

•Is there possibly no standard definition of empathy?

•What are possible limits for empathy?


Keynote speakers:

Monika Betzler (Munich)

Thomas Fuchs (Heidelberg)

Heidi Maibom (Cincinatti)

Jan Slaby (Berlin)


We invite submissions for five additional talks by junior researchers. Send anonymized abstracts of 800-1000 words (pdf; talk length 30-40 min) to paul.klur@tu-dortmund.de by March 15, 2021. Include your name, institutional affiliation, and career stage in your email. Acceptance decision by mid-April.


If possible, the workshop will be organized as a face-to-face or hybrid event. Hotel accommodation and travelling expenses will be provided for speakers. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Child care is available upon request. Depending on the epidemic situation, the workshop may take place online via Zoom.


Organizers: Jessica Struchhold, Eva Schmidt, Simon Wimmer


Further information: jessica.struchhold@tu-dortmund.de

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