Upcoming Workshops

Workshop (Spring 2022): The Empathic Understanding of Persons, Art, and Literature

Past Workshops

Kickoff-Workshop: „Fühlen und Verstehen. Die Rolle von Empathie beim Verstehen von Personen und Literatur“

September 26th-27th 2018, University of Regensburg

Workshop: Empathy, Understanding, and Appreciation

February 21st-23rd 2019, Georg-August-University Göttingen



15.00 – 15.15Welcome (Thomas Petraschka & Christiana Werner)

Empathy, Understanding & „Verständnis“

15.15 – 16.30Eva-Maria Düringer: “Feeling and Being Understood”
16.30 – 17.45Christiana Werner: “What’s so funny about (Peace, Love and) Understanding”
17.45 – 18.00Break
18.00 – 19.30Karsten Stueber: “Appreciating Otherness: Empathic Understanding and the Sensus Communis”


09.00 – 10.15Jean Moritz Müller: “Fellow Feelings, Responses and Acknowledgment“

Empathy, Fiction & „Appreciation“

10.15 – 11.30Jana Lüdtke: “Could we understand the contribution of reading fiction on the development of social cognition when we study the influence of empathy on reading literature?”
11.30 – 11.45Break
11.45 – 13.00Thomas Petraschka: “How empathizing with real people differs from empathizing with fictional characters”
13.00 – 15.15Lunch Break
15.15 – 16.30Benjamin Gittel: “To live as if one were a character in a book” – Appreciation, Empathy and Autofiction”
16.30 – 17.45Eva-Maria Konrad: “Empathy with the victim – or the perpetrator? Abbas Khider’s “Ohrfeige” and the reader’s change of perspective”
17.45 – 18.00Break
18.00 – 19.30Stephen R. Grimm: “Humane Understanding”


09.00 – 10.15Anja Berninger: “Empathizing with the Evil? Exploring the Reasons for Empathic Resistance”
10.15 – 11.30Claudia Hillebrandt: “Empathy and appreciation for ambivalent fictional characters”
11.30 – 11.45Break
11.45 – 13.00Íngrid Vendrell Ferran: “Emotion and the Appreciation of Fiction”
13.00 – 14.00Lunch break
14.00 – 15.00Network-Meeting