Film and Empathy: Crossing Perspectives

  • Why are films so engaging? 
  • How does the moving image manage to make us feel for the characters on the screen?
  • Do we really side with the characters in the story, or with the implicit observer on the other side of the camera?

Looking at concepts such as ’empathy’ and ‘engagement’, as well as recent results from cognitive neuroscience, this event will provide an overview of recent shifts in our understanding of spectatorship and explore how our brains, minds and senses engage with films.

Programme 06 June 2015, 16:00 – 18:30

4-4.40pm Vittorio Gallese (Neuroscience, University of Parma)
 Visions of the Body: Cinema and Neuroscience

4.40-5.20pm Murray Smith (Film Theory, University of Kent) 
Film, Art, and the Third Culture 

5.20-6pm Alessandro Pignocchi (IJN, Paris)
 Reading the Director’s Mind 

6-6.30pm General Discussion