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masterclass empathy – in english

Together with Janhavi Dhamankar (artist, performer and researcher) we explore how we can connect in times of social isolation.

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In this masterclass we will be exploring the actual step-by-step process to engage empathically with another person in the here and now.

Thinking of this as employing the performativity of empathy, the processes themselves are likened to an infusion for for example tea: the materials and artistic methods she designs will be like the tea powder and our collective imagination as a group/pair is the medium like water. If we linger together long enough, our interaction is bound to be infused with empathy.

Janhavi Dhamankar is an Odissi (Indian classical dance) performer and teacher, trained under the rigorous Guru-shishya tradition for over 20 years. She completed her B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Pune University and her MPhil from K. U. Leuven, Belgium. She now lives in Vienna and is pursuing her doctoral research in Empathy at Kunst Uni, Graz.

This masterclass is for everybody who is interested in the subject, in particular volunteers, trainees, experiential experts, caregivers, professionals, managers, officials and politicians.