Volkswagen Fellowship Symposia

Visibility, Embodiment, and Empathy: Explorations of Human Intersubjectivity


Registration and Welcome | 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Opening Address and Introduction | 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Homi Bhabha
Harvard University

Thiemo Breyer
Harvard University

Borut Škodlar
Ljubljana University

Mutual Gaze and I-You Connectedness | 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Beata Stawarska
University of Oregon

Merleau-Ponty and the Promiscuity of Vision | 2:45pm - 3:30pm

Taylor Carman
Columbia University

Coffee Break | 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Film Presentation and Panel Discussion | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Martin Zillinger
University of Cologne

Anja Dreschke
University of Siegen

Conference Dinner | 7:30pm

Henrietta's Table, 1 Bennett Street


Human Shielding and the Politics of Visibility | 9:00am - 9:45am

Neve Gordon
Ben-Gurion University

Nicola Perugini
Brown University

Disappearer, or the Violence and Politics of Disappearances | 9:45am - 10:30am

Ram Natarajan
Harvard University

Coffee Break | 10:30am - 11:00am

Seeing Each Other: Young Children’s Demand of Mutual Regard | 11:00am - 11:45am

Henrike Moll
University of Southern California

Mimesis Makes Empathy | 11:45am - 12:30pm

Jeannette Mageo
Washington State University

Lunch Break | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Russell House Tavern, 4 John F. Kennedy Street

The In/Visibility of Racial Oppression | 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Lauren Freeman
University of Louisville

Hans Blumenberg on Visibility | 2:45pm - 3:30pm

Oliver Müller
University of Freiburg

Coffee Break | 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Empathy with the Non-Existent | 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Gregory Currie
University of York

Gesture, Affect, and Distributed Cognition | 4:45pm - 5:30pm

Graham Jones
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Farewell | 5:30pm

Sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation and Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.

Organized by 2014-15 Postdoctoral Fellow, Thiemo Breyer.

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