Empathy today

Empathy is feeling the emotions of another person as a presence within one's own self. In today's times between war, crises and polarizing opinions, this phenomenon is more important than ever. The annual conference looks at empathy from different disciplinary perspectives.

How do we physically and cognitively perceive and classify the emotions and sensations of others? Is experiencing emotions a purely sensory activity? How are our emotions affected by economic practices of consumption? Which other people do we encounter empathically, which do we not - and which should we show much more empathy to? The answers to these questions are as varied as the messages of our guests.

Prof. Dr. Eva Illouz researches and teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on emotions, capitalism, culture, communication and cultural aspects of their intersections. In 2018, she was awarded the EMET Prize in Sociology.
Isabel Schayani is a German-Iranian television and online journalist (WDR) in the fields of current affairs, Europe and current affairs.
Vittorio Gallese is a professor of psychobiology in the Department of Neuroscience of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Parma, in Italy.

Editor's note: The other speakers at the conference had not yet been determined at the time of going to press.

Language: German / English

In the context of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg and the 13th Empathy Conference

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Date: 02.12.2023

Time: 10:00


13th Empathy Conference - Day 2

Event type:

Conference Geist Heidelberg Lecture

Prices plus fees
Regular 42,90 €
Reduced 34,90 €
Member 26,90 €