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Try walking in my shoes: empathy and portrayals of mental illness on screen

Duckett, Victoria, Hopgood, Fincina and Di Risio, Patricia 2014, Try walking in my shoes: empathy and portrayals of mental illness on screen, Melbourne, Vic., 13-14 Feb. 2014, Melbourne, Vic., University of Melbourne.

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Title Try walking in my shoes: empathy and portrayals of mental illness on screen
Creator(s) Duckett, VictoriaORCID iD for Duckett, Victoria orcid.org/0000-0001-7867-5014
Hopgood, Fincina
Di Risio, Patricia
Conference, exhibition or event name Shaping the modern Symposium ( 2014 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference, exhibition or event location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference, exhibition or event dates 13-14 Feb. 2014
Publication date 2014
Description of resource Conference program
Publisher University of Melbourne
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Empathy
Metal illness on screen
film
history of emotions
Summary How is mental illness represented in film and television? What emotions are elicited from the viewer? How have these portrayals changed over time? And what are the implications of these portrayals for mental health awareness in the community?This interdisciplinary symposium brings together academics, filmmakers, mental health practitioners and consumers to explore these and other questions concerning the portrayal of mental illness on screen. Across two days of screenings, lectures, panels and workshops, we will discuss a range of representations of mental illness, from early cinema to Hollywood studio films, from ethnographic documentaries to television programs. The symposium has a particular focus on women’s mental health and the portrayal of mental illness in Australian films.A key theme of the symposium is the emotion of empathy. If sympathy suggests feeling for someone (that is, feeling sorry for them), empathy is distinguished by feeling with them. This sharing of emotion gives us valuable insight into how things are with another person. This insight can lead to a greater understanding that reduces stigma and discrimination, and helps us to see ‘the other’ as an equal human being. That is why empathy is such an important concept in philosophy, politics, psychology and human rights education.Cinema and television are powerful media that can take the audience on an imaginative journey and tap into our potential to empathise with another human being. Our speakers will examine the ways in which the viewer’s empathy is elicited (or not) by these screen portrayals of mental illness, as well as the benefits and limitations of an empathetic relationship between viewer and character. In this way, the symposium contributes to the broader discussion initiated by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions about the ways in which emotions shape individual, community and national identities.We welcome discussion of these issues from all participants – both speakers and audience members – and we look forward to a dialogue that is open-minded and sensitive to all involved. We hope this will be the start of many more conversations on this important issue that affects us all.
Language eng
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category L4.1 Edited volume of conference proceedings (minor conference)
Copyright notice ©2014, University of Melbourne
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083640

Document type: Conference, Exhibition or Event
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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