The Research Focus Group led by the English philologist Claudia Olk uses a wide range of humanistic perspectives to approach and analyze the term empathy. What makes empathy distinct from sensitivity or sympathy? What are the terminological constants or variations? Participating scholars in addition to Claudia Olk include Monika Betzler (Philosophy), Erasmus Mayr (Philosophy, Regensburg), Ulf Otto (Theatre Studies), Susanne Reichlin (Medieval Studies) and Magdalena Zorn (Musicology). Alongside theoretical considerations, practices of empathy, for example in theater or the judiciary, are to be included as well.