The Walls Within – Working with Defenses against Otherness
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Friday, 9th July 12.30pm-12.45pm

Symposium Opening
Welcome Speech: Prof. Dr. Steen Visholm (Roskilde University)
President of the ISPSO

Please note: All three panels are available to earn CE credits

Panel Session 1

Split, development, standstill based on the history of the Berlin Wall

Friday, 9th July12:45pm
VENUE: “Panel 1 – 9th July” room
CE: live, and recording available – see room

The Berlin Wall divided the city for 28 years. Since its fall in 1990 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 split 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 Berlin Wall, similar to the myth of the Tower of Babel, mean that people in West and East no longer speak 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)

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.

Moderator: Dr. Joseph Triest
Dr. Joseph Triest; Training Psychoanalyst (IPS) and Clinical psychologist. Former President of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. Lecturer in Tel-Aviv University, Psychotherapy Schools and The Psychoanalytic Institute; Member of OFEK, the Israel Association for the Study of Group and Organizational Processes; Co-Director and Faculty member in the Program in Organizational Consultation and Development: a Psychoanalytic-Systemic Approach (P.O.C.D). Founder and Co-owner of the ‘Triest-Sarig Clinic’.

Panel Session 2

Tackling the Twice

Saturday, 10th July , 12:30pm
VENUE: “Panel 2 – 10th July” room
CE: live, and recording available – see room

In an early, previously unnoticed text, Freud (1893) coined the phrase that it was mankind’s hottest wish to be allowed to do something twice. This Twice marks a form of repetition that has always been the source of fate for humanity: the first time it just happens to us, the second time we wish to do it by ourselves. Freud’s formula tells us about dealing with traumatic experiences, painful cuts and fateful repetitions in tackling the Twice. But why do things repeatedly go wrong when we try to ‘do it by ourselves’, even while attempting to avoid bad choices? Currently, the world community has again been hit by dramatic events: pandemic, racism, climate change – all effects of human decisions and choices. The question of whether humanity will tackle the Twice to ensure its continued existence has become an ethical challenge. The panel raises the question of how repetitions that go wrong can be dealt with in such a way that sustainable living conditions can emerge from them.

Panel 2 Speakers:

Dr. Leon S. Brenner
In the past six years I have been conducting research on the subject of autism in psychoanalysis. My first book on the subject has been published in 2020 and is called “The Autistic Subject: On the Threshold of Language”. I mainly investigate the interrelation between language and the body and its effect on the formation of different modes of subjectivity. I describe autism as a mode-of-being that is closely tied to one’s identity and existence, and provide an alternative to its designation as a developmental disorder. Website:

Prof.Marie-Luise Angerer
Marie-Luise Angerer is professor of Media Studies at the European Media Studies program at the University of Potsdam. From 2000-2015, she was professor of Media and Cultural Studies/Gender Studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Member of the European Network How Matter comes to Matter (2014-2018), and of the Research Network Affective and Psychotechnology Studies (DFG 2015-2017). She is the Spokesperson of the Graduate Program Sensing: The Knowledge of Sensitive Media (funded by Volkswagen Foundation) and Acting Director of the Brandenburg Center of Media Studies (ZeM). Her most recent publications include Feministisches Spekulieren. Genealogien, Zeitlichkeiten, Narrationen (co-edition with Naomie Gramlich, 2020) Ecology of Affect. Intensive milieus and contingent encounters (2017), Desire After Affect (2014), Timing of Affect (co-edition with Bernd Bösel and Michaela Ott, 2014). Her most recent research focus on the question of a nonconscious opposed to the psychoanalytical unconscious, a digital-affective nonconscious emerging as a zone of human and nonhuman agency.

Moderator: Dr. Moritz Senarclens de Grancy
Chair ISPSO AM 2021, Pychoanalyst, consultant, cultural scientist.

Organization and Leadership – What governance systems and individual power skills are really key to managing the effects of digitalized markets and globalized supply-chains in uncertain times?

Sunday, 11th July, 12:30pm
“Panel 3 – 11th July” room
CE: live and recording, available – see room

Flexibility is a key capability for managing companies in order to meet the complex and fast-moving challenges of globalized supply-chains and digitized markets as we have seen intensified during the covid-19 crisis. On the other hand, we face neo authoritarian patterns, marginalization of ideas and ‘walled up’ thinking in organizations and companies. They point to deeper rigid 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 and they also impair the agility of the organizations. 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, mutual respect and a deeper understanding of the value deficits in the way they respond to demand from customers and citizens. 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 – and so does understanding the situation the organization is in.

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
A senior-level facilitator, coach, mediator and author, Claudia helps executives and non-executives to develop strategy, transform their organisations and navigate the boardroom. She is co-founder of FIT BOARD, an EdTech dedicated to taking governance next level with a gamification-based App that enhances quality of decision making. Her research agenda focused on internationalizing boards, as well as developing international leaders, teams, and organizations. Post-GFC, her interest shifted towards power and psychodynamics in organizational change and, specifically, in mastering dysfunction in the boardroom and developing future-fit company stewardship.

Moderator: 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.