Not those shoes! Issues with empathy and how to address them

Not those shoes! Issues with empathy and how to address them

Not those shoes! Issues with empathy and how to address them

event Friday, September 27, 2024 schedule 2.00pm - 3.00pm BST
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event Friday, September 27, 2024 schedule 2.00pm - 3.00pm BST
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To what extent is “fellow feeling” a net gain in human relations? And what about non-human relations?

This session draws critical insight from Professor Esra Özyürek’s research on the impact of Holocaust education (Subcontractors of Guilt, 2023), adapting an observation to consider how humans relate to the world around us. Using prompts to imagine our way into other bodies, spaces and places, we will explore the limits of empathy and why it matters.

This session includes a creative writing / arts component.

Enhance your EDI-Q with Religious Sensitivities training from the Cambridge Interfaith Programme

Would you feel confident discussing beliefs and worldview with someone from a very different cultural background? If you heard someone (a peer or colleague) railing against a religion, calling it violent or harmful, how would you respond?

Religion is a common taboo in UK society. Combined with prejudicial attitudes, this can lead to ignorance, discrimination and isolation. Through a series of interactive sessions, the Cambridge Interfaith Programme offers a skills-based approach to enhancing religious sensitivities and growing your confidence in meaningful cross-cultural conversation.  This can be applied in workplaces, communities and educational settings.

This year, we are offering three different skill-based sessions, exploring different approaches to overcoming ignorance. The sessions do not focus on religious literacy (as if that were teachable in 60 minutes) but rather on learning and practising useful techniques to increase awareness—in yourself and with others.

Other sessions in this series:

Is there a bomb in this text?

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Professor Esra Özyürek

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Professor Esra G. Özyürek is Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths and Shared Values at the Faculty of Divinity and the Academic Director of Cambridge Interfaith Programme. Her body of work includes ethnographic studies of secular–religious interaction in Turkey, the lives of German converts to Islam and their reception in Germany, and the impact of Holocaust education designed for Muslim audiences.

Booking information

Try one session or book the whole series (discounted rate: £25 for 3 sessions). We will provide a certificate of attendance for anyone completing all sessions.

Join us from 13:15 for a light buffet lunch (vegan-friendly). Lunch included in £10 fee.

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