Dee Reynolds & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Kinesthetic Empathy

Dee Reynolds is professor of French at the University of Manchester. She is editor/author of, among other books, Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices. A key interdisciplinary concept in our understanding of social interaction across creative and cultural practices, kinesthetic empathy describes the ability to experience empathy merely by observing the movements of another human being.


Dee is a founder of the ‘Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy’ project that uses audience research and neuroscience to explore how dance spectators respond to and identify with dance. It is a multidisciplinary project, involving collaboration across organizations and four institutions. The project has a website, Ning group and held a conference.