This work includes research which is part of the RCUK Global Uncertainties programme and looks at empathy between individuals and social groups in times of uncertainty and increased violence.
Metaphor is viewed in terms of multiple interconnected dimensions- linguistic, cognitive, affective, physical and cultural. Metaphor and discourse dynamics analysis have been used to investigate data from the UK, Brazil and the USA.
The research has resulted in a multi-level dynamic model of empathy. This understanding of empathy has informed Lynne Cameron’s visit to Maralal in northern Kenya to explore conflict transformation activities that are underway in that region.
For further details see the project web site Empathy in making change happen.
To find out more about the experience of undertaking the project and the latest developments go to Lynne Cameron’s blog.