Conferences and Seminars 2016

Connecting with Others: Empathy, Sympathy, and the Imagination Conference

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"Le ciel c'est l'autre", Erik Pevernagie

Wednesday, 30 March, to Friday, 1 April 2016.
CCANESA Boardroom (Rm 480),
Madsen Building F09,
The University of Sydney
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Organiser: Anik Waldow
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Wednesday, 30th March

9.00-9.15 Welcome: Anik Waldow

Understanding Other Minds/Ethics

  • 9.15-10.05 Jeanette Kennett (Macquarie): “Empathy, Interpretation, and Psychopathology”
  • 10.10-11.00 Neil Maclean (Sydney): “Breaking Down Empathy and Understanding Neurodiversity”
  • 11.00-11.15 Coffee
  • 11.15-12.05 Daniel Hutto (Wollongong): “Empathy: A Role for Narrative Engagement”
  • 12.05-2.00 Lunch
  • 2.00-2.40 Millicent Churcher (Sydney): “Recognition: A Role for the Sympathetic Imagination”
  • 2.40-3.20 Damien Freeman: "Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous People: A Case Study in the Limits of Empathy for Politics"
  • 3.20-3.35 Coffee

Sympathy in History

  • 3.35-4.15 Juanita Ruys (Sydney): “Compassion that Defrauds: Medieval Reservations over Fellow-Feeling with Others”
  • 4.15-4.55 Margaret Watkins (St Vincent College): “An Elegant Passion? Hume on Sympathy and Sex”
Thursday, 31th March
  • 9.15-9.55 Maarten Steenhagen (Antwerp): “Sympathy without the Mind”
  • 9.55-10.35 Anik Waldow (Sydney): “Empathy and our Relation to the Past”
  • 10.35-10.55 Coffee
  • 10.55-11.35 Katherine Harloe (Reading): “In the wake of the Querelle: Sympathy and social concern in eighteenth-century dramatic theory”


  • 11.35-12.15 Jennifer Milam (Sydney), “Feeling Sympathy and Viewing Art during the Eighteenth Century”
  • 12.15-2.15 Lunch
  • 2.15-3.00 Laura Kotevska (Sydney): “Aesthetic Morality and Moral Aesthetics: Adam Smith on Art and the Imagination”
  • 3.00-3.45 Derek Matravers (Open University): “Empathy in Aesthetics: Then and Now”
  • 3.45-4.00 Coffee
  • 4.00-4.45 David Macarthur (Sydney): Aesthetic Intimacy

6.00 Conference Dinner (at Thai Riffic, 109 King Street, Newtown)

Friday, 1 April

Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

  • 9.15-9.55 Russell Grigg (Deakin): “What Place does Empathy have in Psychoanalysis?”
  • 9.55-10.35 Louise Braddock (Cambridge): “Why Psychoanalysts should avoid Empathy?”
  • 10.35-10.55 Coffee
  • 10.55-11.35 Louise Gyler (Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis): “The Violence of the Real and the Limits of Imagination”
  • 11.35-12.15 Talia Morag: "Communicating in Silence: The Case of Emotions"
  • 12.15-12.55 Holly High: "Is recognition the new empathy?"

End of Conference

Leverhulme Trust, British Academy
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Hume and Moral Psychology, Hume and Ancient and Early Modern Dialogues

43rd International Hume Society Conference
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July 19-23 2016
University of Sydney, Australia

Keynote speakers

  • Stephen Buckle
  • Alison Gopnik (Berkeley)
  • Shaun Nichols (Arizona)
  • Christine Swanton (Auckland)
Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed.

Young Scholar Awards

Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process. Some financial support will be available to graduate student commentators and chairs.

Conference organisers:
Anik Waldow (Sydney), Eric Schliesser (Ghent) and Michael Gill (Arizona)

Social Imaginaries, Dominance and Resistance Conference

Camera Obscura of the Mind by Erik Pevernagie

22 July, 2016

The influence of the imagination, embodiment, and context is now widely recognised in ethical, social and political philosophy. In these fields philosophers have explored how dominant social imaginaries can adversely affect individuals and social groups in interpersonal and institutional settings. This conference will explore the power and influence of the imagination as well as our capacity to transform damaging imaginaries.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Sally Haslanger (MIT)
  • José Medina (Vanderbilt)

Other Speakers:

  • Millicent Churcher (University of Sydney)
  • Moira Gatens (University of Sydney)
  • Catriona Mackenzie (Macquarie University)

Registration is free.
For catering purposes please register by 1 July.
Click here to register

Sponsored by:
The Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney and
Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE)

Location: The Justice and Police Museum, Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney
Contact: Dr Millie Churcher