To celebrate and share the expertise of our new and established Professors, we invite you to attend Bath Spa’s new Professorial Lecture Series. Each lecture is free and open to everyone – staff, students and members of the public.
Maggie Gee - "Empathy at Work"; Wednesday 1st February, 18:00 - 20:00
How does empathy help us to write and to work? Professor Maggie Gee chairs a panel discussion by members of the CoLA cross-disciplinary 'Empathy and Writing' group.
In October 2013 a seminal paper in Science by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano reported experiments showing that reading fiction increased 'Theory of Mind' - the ability to understand the world from another person's different point of view, which we might also call empathy. The German origin word 'einfühlung', translated as 'feeling into', sounds very like what happened when a novelist, playwright or screenwriter invents a character, or when a medical doctor hears, and tries to make sense of, a patient's story. How do different professions use empathy? How does it help, and are their limits to its usefulness? Professor Bambo Soyinka talks about empathy in scriptwriting and interactive narrative, neuroscientist Dr Alison Lee talks about empathy and the brain, novelist Emma Geen talks about the origins of empathy in aesthetic theory, and neurologist and writer Dr Omar Al Khayatt talks about the uses and limitations of empathy in medicine.
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Whenever posible we try to record our Professorial Lectures for posterity. We then make them available on this website for you to enjoy.
- 9 Oct 2013: Prof John Strachan: "Advertising and Literature in Late Georgian England, 1785-1840" (No recording available)
- 30 Oct 2013: Prof Anita Taylor: "Interrogating Appearances: Drawing and Understanding" (No recording available)
- 14 Nov 2013: Hilary Mantel in conversation with Prof Fay Weldon (Video)
- 27 Nov 2013: Prof Rob Mears: "Violence and Civilisation" (Audio)
- 6 Feb 2014: Joseph Hyde: "Seeing Sound..." (Audio)
- 19 Feb 2014: Kate Pullinger: "A Letter to an Unknown Soldier..." (Audio)
- 5 Mar 2014: Elaine Chalus: "My dearest Tussy'..." (Video and Audio)
- 19 Mar 2014: Dan Davies: "Schrödinger's Cat..." (Audio slideshow)
- 2 Apr 2014: Denise Cush: "Without Fear or Favour..." (Audio)
- 14 May 2014: Tessa Hadley: Book Reading with Q&A (No recording available)
- 28 May 2014: Mike Tooby: "Reflections on connecting people..." (Video)
- 6 Jun 2014: Liz Coleman: "Thought, Action and Passion..." A public lecture to mark the launch of the Global Academy of Liberal Arts. (Video)
- 9-15 Jun 2014: Research Celebration Week
- 25 Jun 2014: Gavin Cologne-Brookes: "Mortality and Memoir..." (Audio)
- 05 October 2016: Kate Rigby: "Infernal Ecologies: Literature, ethics and fire 'down under'"
- 19 October 2016: Andrew Hugill: "Adventures in Creative Computing"
- 23 November 2016: Alastair Niven: "The Value of Literary Prizes, If There Is Any"
- 14 December 2016: Neil Sammells: "Oscar Wilde; Be Cool"