Investigating the disclosure of the lived-body: self/other-awareness, embodied interaction and autism

The contemporary study of empathy is a highly interdisciplinary project consisting of widely varied and divergent methodological, conceptual and theoretical approaches. This plethora of approaches correlates with the multifaceted experiential presentations of empathic phenomena. For example, empathy may occur within interactive or observational contexts and may be perceptually or contemplatively disclosed. Further, these varying disclosures may entail sensorimotor, affective and/or higher cognitive capacities. Given the diverse manifold of empathic phenomena, a framework capable of accounting for their respective and interrelated disclosures is required.

By primarily adopting a phenomenological approach and developing an understanding of the lived body, this project seeks to develop such a framework. Specifically, it considers the reflexive structuration and disclosure of the lived body across varying forms of self/other-awareness and engagement. Central to this endeavour is an analysis of the lived body in persons with autism. This analysis considers the differential presentations of pre-reflective and reflective modes of interpersonal interaction, perception and understanding displayed by these individuals.


For further information please contact: 

Adam Farley
PhD fellow
Center for Subjectivity Research

University of Copenhagen,
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2300 Copenhagen S

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Phone: +45 353-28686
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