Empathy in Stormy Times - Empathy Conference - Day 2

This symposium is about evaluating empathy in its medical-psychological, but also in its social practice. These are questions about cohesion, about how much differentiation we can expect of ourselves without suffering damage. What do institutions that have empathy written all over them tell us when we examine them? What reality is hidden behind the faith in Jesus, which is a faith in sacrifice, if we experience the church as a protection of perpetrators? What does the re-founding of PEN Berlin tell us about empathy? And an evaluation that concerns us all: What has Corona shown in terms of reality? Do we all need to rework?


10:15 a.m.
Pandemic and empathy: case study children
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer, Research Director of the Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and Head of the Research Section "Child Public Health" there

11:30 a.m.
Church and Empathy - On Hate Feelings and Victim-Offender Mediation
Father Klaus Mertes, Jesuit, high school teacher and author; significantly involved in a number of exposures of sexualized violence in the Catholic Church


1:00 p.m. Lunch break


More empathy for nursing
Jana Luntz, Director of Nursing at the University Hospital in Dresden, Nursing Manager of the Year 2021 and Member of the Presidium of the German Nursing Council

Artists help artists! - PEN Berlin
Deniz Yücel, journalist, Turkey correspondent for the WeltN24 group and spokesperson for PEN Berlin; his one-year pre-trial detention in a Turkish high-security prison for alleged terror propaganda caused a worldwide sensation
Please note: Unfortunately, Stella Nyanzi will not be able to attend the conference as planned. We apologize for this.


The Double City Map
Christina Bacher
, author among others of the book Die Letzten hier. Köln im sozialen Lockdown, editor-in-chief of the Cologne street magazine DRAUSSENSEITER for 15 years and founder of the social city walk "Der doppelte Stadtplan" in Cologne.

In the context of the 12th Empathy Conference
In the context of the
International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg

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Date: 05.11.2022

Time: 10:00


12th Empathy Conference - Day 2

Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer, Father Klaus Mertes, Jana Luntz, Deniz Yücel & Christina Bacher

Hybrid event