Reimagining and Remembering the Other: Narrative Empathy and its Limitations
Fårö, Sweden, 29 July–5 August, 2018
Reimagining the other is integral to the power of narrative to move us and to elicit social change and it is arguably one of the central ways in which fiction and other forms of art contribute to the shaping of cultural memory. This symposium will explore narrative strategies that different narrative forms employ in processes of reimagining others. What ethical and aesthetic concerns arise when the other is a victim, a perpetrator or employs a subject position that these categories fail to capture? What kind of ethical potential does the power of imagination entail? Wherein do the limits of imagining and empathy reside?