Social Cohesion

March 2, 2020 - March 3, 2020
University of Copenhagen

Karen Blixens Plads 8


  • Center for Subjectivity Research
  • University of Exeter

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University of Exeter
University of Exeter
Technical University of Darmstadt
University of Copenhagen
University of Exeter
University College, Cork
University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen


University of Exeter
University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen

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Considerations of shared experience, group membership and group identity are undergoing a resurgence in phenomenological circles. Such topics draw on and add to our understanding of our interpersonal relationships and our social world(s). This workshop on 'Social Cohesion' will engage with and build upon on-going and emerging discussions about how we find ourselves together with others, how interpersonal relations impact our sense of identity and how experiences of social cohesion might break down. In particular, the workshop will consider how we should think about social cohesion that occurs 'at a distance', i.e. when the participants are not physically face-to-face with one another. This question will arise both in discussions of how we experience something like 'national identity' as well as considering how we experience one another online.


Monday 2nd March

10.00-11.00: Lucy Osler (Exeter): "Taking Empathy Online"
11.00-12.00: Alessandro Salice (Cork): "Online Self-Esteem"
Lunch Break
13.00-14.00: Luna Dolezal (Exeter): "‘Unbounded Shame’: Disrupting Social Cohesion Online and Offline"
Coffee break
14.30-15.30: Mikko Samela (CFS): "Emotional Sharing Offline/Online and Social Cohesion"
15.30-16.30: Joel Krueger (Exeter): "Social Cohesion and Emotion Regulation in the Techno-Social Niche"

Tuesday 3rd March

10.00-11.00: Dan Zahavi (CFS): "Embodied Communities"
11.00-12.00: Sophie Loidolt (Darmstadt): "Social Cohesion and the Public Sphere"
Lunch break
13.00-14.00: Thomas Szanto (CFS): "Feeling of Belonging, Being at Home and Feeling Solidarity: 3 Forms of Social Cohesion"
Coffee break
14.30-15.30: Tom Roberts (Exeter): "Social Certainty"
15.30-16.30: Mads Henriksen (CFS): "Identification in Autism"

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Lucy Osler ([email protected]). For more information, please see the workshop website -

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