Annual theme "Politcs of Emotion/Power of Affect"
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (WS 2017/18)


9 January 2018

Empathy and Justice

with Carolyn Pedwell and Susanna Hertrich


Carolyn Pedwell


Carolyn Pedwell is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies at the University of Kent (UK), where she is Head of Cultural Studies and Media. She has been Visiting Fellow at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary University of London, and the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics. Among her publications are Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy (Palgrave, 2014) and Feminism, Culture and Embodied 
Practice (Routledge, 2010). In her forthcoming book, Transforming Habit, she explores the relationships between habit, affect and social transformation (McGill-Queen’s University Press).


Susanna Hertrich’s work is situated at the intersection of an expanded notion of design and contemporary art. Through a series of speculative wearable devices, she investigates the technological augmentation of the human sensory apparatus as well as the role of the human body and its sensory perception in an increasingly technology-mediated environment. Alongside her artistic practice, she heads the Integrated Design master studio at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW in Basel. Her artistic research includes the SNFS-funded project “Sensorium of Animals” that she co-conducted with Shintaro Miyazaki between 2016–19 at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures IXDM at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW. Other research activities include fellowships at the Meta-Perception research group at The University of Tokyo (2009) and the Design Research Lab at the Berlin University of the Arts (2011), among others. Susanna studied Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London (MA) and Visual Communication at Peter Behrens School of Art in Düsseldorf (diploma degree), as well as Media Art at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Her works are published and exhibited internationally in art and design exhibitions, among others at Kunstverein Mannheim, Boston Center for the Arts, Vienna Biennial/MAK, Dorsky Gallery in New York, Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, Schader foundation gallery in Darmstadt, Vitra Design Museum in Weil, V&A Dundee, CAFA Art Museum in Beijing. Susanna received several grants, among others an artist residency from the Goethe Institute at the Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto (2015) and from the Atelier Mondial at Tokyo Arts and Space (2019).