The Walls Within – Working with Defenses against Otherness
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Friday, 3rd July 9.00am
Symposium Opening
Welcome Speech: Prof. Dr. Steen Visholm (Roskilde University)
President of the ISPSO



Friday, 3rd July 9.15 – 10.30 am
PANEL 1
Split, development, standstill based on the history of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall divided the city for 28 years. Since its fall on the 9th of November 1989 it became a symbol for a split that has been successfully overcome. As a monumental building, it was also a striking symptom of a profound division within the German-German society that still holds on. How are dividing processes of social realities associated with splits in the inner world? Did the construction of the Berlin Wall, in its hypertrophy similar to the Tower of Babel, had the consequence that people in West and East no longer spoke the same language? What role do memorials play in the process of working through the side effects of the history of the division of Berlin? The panel addresses these and other questions in discussion with each other and with the audience.

Panel 1 Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Axel Klausmeier – Mauergedenkstätte
Axel Klausmeier studied art history, modern and medieval history in Bochum, Munich and Berlin and subsequently worked as an assistant at the Department of Monument Conservation of the BTU Cottbus with a research focus on “Uncomfortable Monuments”. Between 2001 and 2003 he documented the remains of the Berlin Wall on behalf of the Berlin Senate. Since January 2009 he has been Director of the Berlin Wall Foundation and since 2012 Honorary Professor for Historical Cultural and Memory Landscapes at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Uwe Neumärker – Holocaustdenkmal
Born on September 7, 1970 in East Berlin. He studied Slavic and German Philology in Berlin and Moscow. 1997/1998 he worked for the Ch. Links publishing house in Berlin. 2000/2001 he was an Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (Stuttgart) cultural manager for the German minority in the Klaipėda (Memel) Region (Lithuania). In March 2002, he became a research associate at the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Between September 2005 and June 2009 managing director, since July 2009 director of the Foundation. From November 2015 until March 2016 also director ad interim of the Federal Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation.
Books: »Wolfsschanze. Hitler’s Headquarters during the Second World War« (1999/2008) and »Göring’s Territory. Hunting and Politics in the Rominter Forest« (2007/2008)

Dr. Yossi Triest

Dagmar von Wilcken
Dagmar von Wilcken (* 1958) is a German exhibition designer.
Wilcken studied object design and visual communication at the Berlin University of the Arts until 1987. Since 1995 she has focused on the Holocaust. Her most famous exhibitions include Jews in Berlin – 1938–1945 in the Berlin Center Judaicum (2000) and the place of information for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin opened in 2005.

Moderation: Dr. Moritz Senarclens de Grancy
Chair ISPSO AM 2020, Pychoanalyst, consultant, cultural scientist.
Website: https://www.grancy.eu/about-1/


Saturday, 4th July 9.15 – 10.30 am
PANEL 2
Always breaking the same wall – 100 years Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle and the return of walls and fences

It was not until 1920 that Freud declared repetition compulsory to be a major feature of drives. He realized that the drive is searching for the return of the past, even the darkest, and its repetition. 100 years have passed since then, and Freud’s new idea from the essay Beyond the Pleasure Principle, saying that the only drive of life is death drive, still seems to be relevant: For some time now, we have witnessed the return of walls and fences in politics as well as the resurgence of populist and xenophobic tendencies in democratic countries. Twelve years after the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy we secretly calculate with the return of another global financial crisis. Despite all initiatives to protect the environment we see the dying of forests and seas as a result of the ruinous enjoyment of our consumer societies. And Brexit threatens the resurgence of old conflicts, such as the trauma of separation at the inner-Irish border. Every step we take, we take on trusted roads and proven ways – so why are we always building the same walls?

Panel 2 Speakers:

Leslie Brissett
Director of the Group Relations Programme, Company Secretary & Co-Director Dynamics @ Board Level. Tavistock Institute

Prof. Dr. em. Helmut Dahmer
Prof. Dr. H. Dahmer, Dipl. Soz., was born in 1937 in Göttingen (Germany). He studied sociology, philosophy and literature at the universities of Bonn, Göttingen und Frankfurt am Main. He was chief editor of the psychoanalytic monthly Psyche (1968 – 1992), taught sociology at the Technological University Darmstadt (1974–2002) specializing in social philosophy, history of sociology, comparison of social systems and social psychology. A member of the German Association of Sociologists (DGS) he has been invited several times as guest-professor at the universities of Bern (Switzerland), Lima (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) and at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck (Austria). He was co-founder of the Hamburgian Institute for Social Research (run by Jan-Philipp Reemtsma) and, in 1986, of the “Centro psychoanálysis y sociedad” Lima (organized by César Rodriguez Rabanal). Prof Dahmer is editor of an annotated collection of Writings of Leon Trotsky in German language with 7 volumes having been published, three more volumes will be published in 2020.

Dr. Marcus Coelen
Marcus Coelen is a practicing psychoanalyst. After studying in France and the USA, he received a doctoral degree from the Viadrina-Universität, Frankfurt/Oder. He held positions in Romance Philology and Comparative Literature at the universities of Hamburg, Zürich and Munich (LMU) and has taught in Israel and Brasil.
Among his publications are a study on Proust and the problem of (aesthetic) judgment in the Recherche (Angemaßte Notwendigkeiten. Lektüren Proust, 2007), several translations and editions in German of texts by Maurice Blanchot (Politische Schriften 1958 – 1993, 2008; Das Neutrale. Texte und Fragmente zur Philosophie, 2010; Vergehen, 2012) and a constellation around the “primal scene” (Die andere Urszene. Texte von Maurice Blanchot, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe et al., 2009). He is a co-editor of the book series Neue Subjektile with Turia+Kant, Vienne and Berlin.

Moderation: Dr. Daniela Finzi
Daniela Finzi is a literature and cultural historian. She is a researcher at the Sigmund Freud Museum since 2009 and she has been scientific director and board member of the Sigmund Freud Privatstiftung since 2016. She studied German Philology and Theatre Studies in Salzburg, Vienna, Paris and Berlin and completed the interdisciplinary PhD program “Cultures of Difference. Transformation in Central Europe”. Since March 2010 she is working as a lecturer at the University of Vienna and is a board member of the cultural studies association aka – Arbeitskreis Kulturanalyse since 2014 and member of the editorial board of aka/Texte, which are published by Turia + Kant. Her research interests are Psychoanalytical Cultural Theory, Gender Studies and Balkan Studies. Her most recent publications include the volume Dora – Hysteria – Gender, published by Leuven University Press, which she co-edited with Herman Westerink.


Sunday, 5th July 9.15 – 10.30 am
PANEL 3
Leadership between organizational adaptation and neo-authoritarianism – What power skills are really key in digitalized and globalized markets?

A research study from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ilm) suggests that the single most important feature of future leaders will be flexibility. However, already today flexibility is a key capability for managing companies in order to meet the complex and fast-moving challenges of the globalization and digitalization of markets. On the other hand, we face neo authoritarian patterns, marginalization of ideas and ‘walled up’ thinking in organizations and companies. They point to deeper societal patterns, especially in education, that continue to be imparted. They slow down the change in values in companies, for example the inclusion of women or people of culture in top management positions. The capability for adaptation of every organizational culture deserves to be analyzed. Because in complex and fast-moving competition, the success of companies is decided not least by their ability for adaptation through cooperation and mutual respect. Overcoming prejudice against business partners from other cultures or individual colleagues requires emotional maturity, social skills, and an understanding of the psychodynamics and power of unconscious valencies.

Panel 3 Speakers:

Dr. Daniel Vasella
Daniel Vasella, M.D., works as board director, coach and strategic consultant. After the foundation of Novartis in 1996 he led the company for 17 years as CEO (1996-2010) and Chairman of the Board of Directors (1999-2013). Since 2013 Dr. Vasella is an Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors for Novartis AG. Before the Novartis merger, Dr. Vasella was CEO of Sandoz Pharma Ltd. and a member of the Sandoz Group Executive Committee. From 1988 to 1992, he worked for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corporation in the United States, prior to which he held a number of medical positions in Switzerland. He graduated with an M.D. from the University of Bern and completed executive training at Harvard Business School.  Dr. Vasella also trained as psychoanalyst and executive coach.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Basel and the Harvard Business School Alumnus Award and many other distinctions. Dr. Vasella is a member of the board of directors of PepsiCo, Inc., the American Express Company and Numab Therapeutics AG. He is also a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of various cultural establishments. Daniel Vasella is married and father of three children.

Dr. Philip Boxer
Philip Boxer BSc MBA PhD brings many years of strategy consulting experience to his work with clients in public, private and not-for-profit sectors, developing clients’ capabilities for leadership within highly networked environments; and using approaches that enable clients both to scale learning across networked organizations and to develop the agility of the supporting business platforms. Philip is a member of the (Lacanian) Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. The focus of his research and writing is on ways of understanding and working through the maladaptive responses of organizations to turbulent business ecosystems in the pursuit of greater sustainability.

Claudia Heimer

Moderation: Thea Mikkelsen
Thea Mikkelsen, MSc, MA, is an international executive coach and freelance Process designer and leadership program developer in the creative industries. She is also a NonExec board and advisory board member, a candidate in the Danish Psychoanalytical Association, a keynote speaker on the topics of creative leadership, innovation and professional creativity and a writer. She is based in Milan, Italy, with her husband and two daughters.