Tuesday, August 15th

Migration and Memory

Afterlife and Aftermath: Two Dimensions of Cultural Memory
Prof. Aleida Assmann (Lecture)
Sue Lieberman (Respondent)
Dr. Robi Friedman (Chair)

To keep an important part of our past ever-present, we have memories we share with others or process privately but how does a nation preserve its memories – “lest we should ever forget”? Migration means leaving behind but what is taken to the new life are stories and memories that remind us of the past. There are also transmitted traumas from which nations and people suffer but there are also “Days of Remembrance” or places for remembering but what is remembered and why?

Wednesday, August 16th

Inclusion and Exclusion – We and the Other

Refugee Crises, The Other, Terrorist Organizations and Border Psychology
Prof. Vamik D. Volkan (Lecture)
Respondent Dr. Thomas Mies
Sue Einhorn (Chair)

One of the human basic needs is to belong. This is the basis of setting up groups but also the basis of exclusion. There is no inclusion without exclusion.

Thursday, August 17th

Migration, Globalisation and Transnationalism

Prof. Elisabeth Rohr (Lecture)
World in motion: emotional impact of mass migration
MJ Maher (Respondent)
Isaura Manso (Chair)

Our present time forces movements which cross national, cultural and social borders. This is an enormous chance for development but, at the same time, an enormous danger for those communities which have broken and can no longer support the people who depend upon them.

Friday, August 18th

The Praxis of Group Analysis: our Clinical Work

Dr. Catherine Gransard (Lecture)
Learning from strangers: ethnopsychiatry in practice at the Georges Devereux Center in Paris
Hanni Biran (Lecture)
Berlin, the invisible refugee
Prof. Christer Sandahl (Chair)

How can our groups offer therapeutic work with displaced people who have been forced to leave their home, their country, and their social contexts, often suffering many different traumas at any one time?

Saturday, August 19th

One Group Analysis or Many?

Back to the Rough Ground: From
Predictability to Radical Uncertainty

Dr. Farhad Dalal (Lecture)
Prof. Hermann Staats (Respondent)
Kjersti Solberg Lyngstad (Chair)

On our final day we will look at the different approaches to Group Analysis and cross the borders of our inherited ideas with those we are developing today. But before borders can be crossed, they have to be established. Before differences can be negotiated, they have to be fixed. How is this decided? Who decides? What are the consequences for our group analytic community?