Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, August 15th

Prof. Aleida Assmann

Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Konstanz.
Her specific interests cluster around the History of German Memory since 1945 and the Theories of Memory.
She has been working on a research project entitled “The Past in the Present: Dimensions and Dynamics of Cultural Memory.”


Sue Lieberman

She is a Group Analyst and Psychotherapist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the author of: “After Genocide: How Ordinary Jews face the Holocaust”, 2015 Karnac, which looks at the continuing transmitted trauma in the UK and “Missing: Emotion, Space and Society”, 2016 Elsevier

Wednesday, August 16th

Prof. Vamik D. Volkan

Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia and an Emeritus Training and Supervising Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He is the President Emeritus of International Dialogue Initiative (IDI), which he established in 2007. Since 1987 he is working on issues of national and international conflicts. His new book –
Immigrants and Refugees: Trauma, Perennial Mourning, Prejudice, and Border Psychology, published by Karnac Jan 2017.


Dr. Thomas Mies

Sociologist, Chair of the Scientific Committee of the D3G (German Society for Group Analysis and Group Psychotherapy), Co-Editor of the „Zeitschrift für Gruppenpsychotherapie und Gruppendynamik“, Group Analytic Trainer, Clinical Supervisor and Theoretical Supervisor.

Thursday, August 17th

Prof. Elisabeth Rohr

Professor for Intercultural Education at the University of Marburg and Group Analyst. Her scientific focus is on migration and she has worked extensively in Guatemala and Palestine.


MJ Maher

MJ Maher is UKCP & IGA Reg. Group Analyst & Individual Psychotherapist and she is also a registered Mental Health Nurse. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in the NHS as a psychiatric nurse and a group psychotherapist.

MJ has a private practice in London facilitating groups and seeing individuals and couples. She also facilitates experiential groups for trainee counsellors and runs workshops on racism and diversity. MJ is one of a team of three group analysts training on a Foundation Course in Group Analysis in Rwanda. She is currently exploring the challenges of immigrant grandparents in UK germinating from her own experience as a grandmother of a diverse troop. MJ is the author of Racism and Cultural Diversity: Cultivating Racial Harmony through Counselling, Group Analysis and Psychotherapy (2012) published by Karnac.

Friday, August 18th

Dr. Catherine Gransard

She has a Doctorate in Psychology and works at the Centre Georges Devereux, in the field of Ethnopsychiatry with families. These are families who have had to leave their country and are now living between two countries, between two cultures and often between two religions as well.

Hanni Biran

She is a Group Analyst at the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis. In her clinical lecture she will address a topic related to the theme of the Symposium.

Saturday, August 19th

Dr. Farhad Dalal

is a Training Group Analyst who works in Exeter and Totnes, Devon. He is also visiting Professor at the PHD School, Open University of Holland.

Dr. Dalal has been developing group analytic theory for many years and will draw on themes from his last book : “Thought Paralysis: The Virtues of Discrimination”, published 2011, Karnac Books


Prof. Hermann Staats

is Sigmund-Freud Professor for Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology and Head of the Family Centre at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and chair of the Working Party for Group Psychotherapy and Group Analysis (Goettingen).