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Wed Feb 23 2011

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics/UK

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        1.     Alexander Laffer , Empathy in the Verbal and Visual Arts

Message 1: Empathy in the Verbal and Visual Arts
Date: 23-Feb-2011
From: Alexander Laffer <a.lafferopen.ac.uk>
Subject: Empathy in the Verbal and Visual Arts
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Full Title: Empathy in the Verbal and Visual Arts

Date: 10-May-2011 - 10-May-2011
Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Alexander Laffer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Mar-2011

Meeting Description:

Empathy in the Verbal and Visual Arts

A research seminar to be held at the Open University as part of the ESRC-funded project: Living with Uncertainty http://www.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/livingwithuncertainty/

The Open University, Milton Keynes
Date: May 10th 2011
Time: 10:00-4:30

The purpose of this seminar is to discuss how researchers understand empathy, to explore the methods used to investigate it, and its effect and importance in the verbal and visual arts. In order to achieve this, consideration of both the textual features contributing to empathy and empathy as an audience activity will be welcomed.

The term empathy, translated from the German Einfühlung, originally came from the field of aesthetic psychology but since its inception it has entered into common usage. Public intellectuals such as Jeremy Rifkin and politicians such as Barak Obama have drawn attention to the importance of empathy in the positive development of society and it is increasingly becoming the focus of discussions in the public domain.

Alongside this general interest, the role of empathy in text and performance has begun to receive greater attention, boosted by innovations and research from neuro- and social science and psychology. This multi-disciplinary heritage has lead to empathy being used as a blanket term to describe different forms of connection between ‘self’ and ‘other’, covering processes ranging from emotional engagement to identification and perspective taking. For those interested in literature, film and theatre this sense of connection provides a fertile avenue of investigation both to explore the function of empathy in engagement with the arts and conversely to examine the effects of literature and performance on audiences. Through discussion and presentations it is hoped that connections across work can be drawn to help develop research into this growing area of interest.

Abstracts of 200 words are invited for presentations of 15-20 minutes and should be sent to Alex Laffer (a.lafferopen.ac.uk) by the 30th March 2011. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by the 8th April 2011. Non-presenters are welcome to attend and contribute to discussion. Details of how to book a place will be sent out shortly.

Call for Papers

Abstracts of 200 words are invited for presentations of 15-20 minutes and should be sent to Alex Laffer (a.lafferopen.ac.uk) by the 30th March 2011. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by the 8th April 2011. Non-presenters are welcome to attend and contribute to discussion. Details of how to book a place will be sent out shortly.



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