Upcoming Workshops

Conference (May 17-19, 2022): Empathy’s Role in Understanding Persons, Literature, and Art

at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen

with (in alphabetic order) Anja Berninger, Eva Düringer, Joseph Imorde, Suzanne Keen, Peter Lamarque, Derek Matravers, Cathrin Misselhorn, Moritz Müller, Thomas Petraschka, Robin Rehm, Shannon Spaulding, Karsten Stueber, Stephano Vincini, Christiana Werner

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