Julia Vagg, Research Officer 

Key Research Interests: Julia is a PhD candidate contributing to Professor Dan Harris’ Future Fellowship ‘Creativity in Education and Industry in Asia Pacific’. 

 

Experience: Following an early career as a classical violinist and music educator Julia returned to the academy and spent several years as a sessional tutor and research assistant in cultural studies, linguistics, and neuropsychology at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. Her current research explores the emergence and manifestation of empathies in creative collaboration. Drawing on literature from affect theory to social neuroscience, she theorises empathies as rhizomic and emerging between bodies in interaction. This is explored using video ethnography in theatre devising workshops combined with creative making, storytelling and reflection activities. Through this work she strives counter understandings of empathy as purely cognitive perspective taking that are prevalent in neoliberal market discourse, which so often lead to othering and thus perpetuate hierarchical structures that objectify rather than facilitating the co-creation of new understandings and ideas.