Theaterwissenschaft München



Audiencing and Empathy

Podiumsdiskussion mit Prof. Matthew Reason, Ph.D., Kirsty Sedgman, Ph.D. und Prof. Dr. Ulf Otto (LMU)


Invitation to the online talk of

Prof. Matthew Reason, Ph.D. (York St John University)
and Kirsty Sedgman, Ph.D. (University of Bristol)

„Audiencing and Empathy”

Chair: Prof. Dr. Ulf Otto (LMU)

Time: Monday, 16 May 2022 at 6.30 pm (CET)

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The event is part of the CAS Research Focus "Empathy"

Empathy has played a pivotal role in theatre since the 18th century. Owing to empathy, theatre evolved into an educational institution capable of establishing a new and liberal social order. In (literary) theory and the words of Schiller, it promised to unite “people of all circles, zones, and ranks” into “one single family”. With the theatrical day-to-day turning out to be much more complex, the question how audiences relate to performances is an intriguing topic. It inspires research and theatre practice.