Christiana Werner

Since Septem­ber 2020, I have been a Postdoc­tor­al Research­er at the Duis­burg-Essen Uni­ver­sity. I am mem­ber of the DFG/AHRC pro­ject “How does it feel? Inter­per­son­al Under­stand­ing and Affect­ive Empathy” where I am work­ing on a pro­ject on Inter­per­son­al and Phe­nom­en­al Under­stand­ing. 2019–2020, I had a Postdoc pos­i­tion at the Philo­soph­ic­al Sem­in­ar at the Uni­ver­sity of Göt­tin­gen. From 2013–1019, I had a postdoc pos­i­tion and was a mem­ber of the Juni­or Research Group “Lan­guage, Cog­ni­tion and Text” at the Gradu­ate School of Human­it­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Göt­tin­gen. Since 2018, I have been coordin­at­ing the inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research net­work “Feel­ing and Under­stand­ing. The Role of Empathy in Under­stand­ing People and Lit­er­at­ure” fun­ded by DFG ( I received my doc­tor­al degree from the Uni­ver­sity of Regens­burg in 2012 for my thes­is on fic­tion­al speech and fic­tion­al char­ac­ters.

My research focuses on philo­sophy of mind, epi­stem­o­logy and aes­thet­ics, in par­tic­u­lar, I am inter­ested in the role of empathy and emo­tions in dif­fer­ent pro­cesses of under­stand­ing, like under­stand­ing people and works of art.

Pro­ject Web­site:

Selec­ted pub­lic­a­tions:

  • (forth­com­ing) Empathy’s Role in Dif­fer­ent Levels of Under­stand­ing Lit­er­at­ure: Empir­ic­al and Philo­soph­ic­al Per­spect­ives (with Jana Lüdtke). The Journ­al of Aes­thet­ics and Art Cri­ti­cism.
  • (2020) Emo­tions, Actions and Action Tend­en­cies. Erken­nt­nis,–00316-2
  • (2020) “See Me, Feel Me”: Two Modes of Affect Recog­ni­tion for Real and Fic­tion­al Tar­gets. Topoi 39, 827–834.–09634-9
  • (2019) Are emo­tion­al responses neces­sary for an adequate under­stand­ing of lit­er­ary texts? In: Debates in Aes­thet­ics, S. 45–59 (with Eva-Maria Kon­rad and Thomas Pet­ras­ch­ka)
  • (2015) Wie man mit Worten Dinge erschafft, V&R uni­press, Göt­tin­gen.

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