Janhavi Dhamankar is an Odissi (Indian classical dance) performer and teacher, trained under the rigorous Guru-shishya tradition for over 20 years. She completed her B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Pune University and her MPhil from K. U. Leuven, Belgium. Building on the ‘empathic performer’ from her MPhil, she will now explore the role of empathy in integration of minorities through her PhD at the Vienna University. Having presented at many international conferences and been awarded residencies in India and Oxford, she explored the ‘Philosophical underpinnings of Social Sculpture’ under Shelley Sacks, Head of Social Sculpture Research Unit, Oxford. Her publications include “Empathy-in-Practice: A Method for Artistic Research?” in Artistic research: Is there some Method? and a collectively authored piece “What is Refugee” in Crisis/Krisis, Performance Philosophy, special edition.