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The Speakers and Artists:
Lazslo Ávila | Walter Feldmann | Rainer Funk | Lilli Gast | Michael Giefer
Lutz Götzmann | Walter H. Krause | Ole Lauridsen
Kerstin Lohmann | Katrin Max | Samuel Müller
Peter L. Rudnytsky | Barbara Rüttner Götzmann | Rainer Stange
Podiumsdiskussion | Willkommen im Satanarium
Lazslo Ávila
Master in Social Psychology (MA), Doctor in Clinical (PhD), Professor at the Medical College of Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brasilien, Psychoanalyst
Theme: Treating suffering People with Groddeckian Principles
Abstract: Groddeck’s ideas are alive. The genius of this doctor and psychoanalyst will only achieve its due appraisal if we can put his intuitions and clinical tools to work. In this paper I present four patients with their physical complaints and the hidden sources of their suffering, using his conceptions.
The integrity of the human being, the mind and body intertwined, both expressions of the same It that lives us, is the core of the contribution of Georg Groddeck to our well-being and development. He also produced texts on Art, Literature and communitarian cooperation that enlarge our understanding of the whole, to which we belong.
The application of Groddeck’s principles to the psychotherapy of psychosomatic patients show how can we help and benefit people, in a true ‘learning from the ill’.
Walter Feldmann
flautist, music teacher and composer. Studied at Zurich University (French, Latin, Musicology). Studied flute with Dominique Hunziker in Aarau. Feldmann is an enthusiastic teacher of transverse flute at the Alte Kantonsschule Aarau. He lives and works in Zurich
Theme: Groddeck – Proposals for teaching music, flukes and errors
Abstract: Are resistances that hinder progress in learning how to play an instrument comparable to illness? How can they be overcome? Is “psychosomatically-informed teaching” possible and appropriate in our school system? Using a number of examples, possibilities with be presented of integrating Groddeck’s ideas advantageously into music teaching. Mention will also be made of critical idea on the limits of such an approach.
To create an apposite mood, the speaker will play …explosante-fixe… for solo flute (1971), a work on the key of E flat by Pierre Boulez, who died this year in Baden-Baden.
Rainer Funk 
Dr. phil., psychoanalyst, on the board of the International Erich Fromm Society
Lilli Gast 
Professor, Dr. phil., vice president of the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
Michael Giefer 
specialist in psychotherapeutic medicine, psychoanalyst, board member of the Georg Groddeck Society, editor of several volumes of Groddeck’s complete works. Topic 1: Georg Groddeck in Berlin
Theme: Georg Groddeck in Berlin
Abstract: Groddeck studied in Berlin, where he was also an assistant to his teacher, Prof. Schweninger. Later he was often in the city to give lectures.
Theme: The IT/ID in Groddeck and Freud
Abstract: Groddeck had made Freud known in 1917 with his working hypothesis about the It. Freud used a modified version of Groddeck’s term for his second topical structural model for the psyche. By contrast, Groddeck’s concept of the It is more all-embracing. He used it to clarify the dynamic interaction between body and soul, and it enabled him to explain his ability to influence organic processes through conversations. Referring to Spinoza’s theory of identity, Groddeck advocated a monism in which body and soul are merely two different manifestations of the same substance and not separate entities, as was the predominant Cartesian way of thinking. His It represents everything that was dynamic and lively in man.
Lutz Götzmann 
Prof. Dr., Consultant Specialist for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Klinik für Psychosomatische Medizin & Psychotherapie Bad Segeberg.
Theme: Symptom and Symbolisation in psychosomatic in-patients
Abstract: Groddeck’s concept of the symbol refers to the dramatic arts: the body as a stage for the psychological play. Considering the question of whether the actors survive the play or, as can happen, die while on the so-called boards that mean the world, I will regard the Groddeck symbol as a psycho-physical signifier in a chain which links the unconscious Es with its body-manifestations up to the point of indissoluble identity, thanks to a “point de capiton” (or anchoring point), as Lacan might put it. This concept of the symbol is embedded in a theory of psychosomatic totality that reflects Groddeck’s holistic thinking and its intriguing combination of the archaic and the post-modern. I will be presenting to clinical evidence.
Walter H. Krause 
Prof. Dr. med., MA Philosophy, specialist in internal and psychotherapeutic medicine, doctor in charge (since retired) of an “acute hospital” and a rehabilitation clinic. Currently lecturing to students of medicine at the Philosophikum of the Julius Maximilian University in Würzburg
Theme: Erich Fromm and Georg Groddeck – an Encounter
Abstract: Groddeck was considerably older than Erich Fromm. However his influence on Fromm is evident. On the occasion of Groddeck’s death, Fromm wrote from New York to Groddeck’s wife: “He was so great as a man that you only considered the psychologist on second thoughts. … Every conversation with him was a source of new insights; his profound and broad view of man was only possible thanks to his own humanity.”
Ole Lauridsen 
Associate Professor, Center for Undervisning og Læring (CUL), Aarhus Universitet School of Business and Social Sciences, Denmark
Theme: Georg Groddeck, Ich and Es – A Conversational Contribution
Abstract: My first encounter with Georg Groddeck was almost 20 years ago. Was it pure coincidence? It may well have been – if you believe in coincidences, which I don’t: I’m convinced that my Es steered me in that direction, and that Es is still hovering about the place. Since our encounter, Groddeck has played a huge role for me, and I will report on this in my contribution: on the first frenzied reading of the Buch vom Es and its significance for me both back then and today; on my attempt to translate the work; on my meeting with Nancy Bratt, a Swedish-Danish psychologist who was treated by Groddeck when she was very young and who translated some of his texts into Swedish (I then translated her translations into German!). Higgledy-piggledy? Partly – yet quite in keeping with Groddeck.
Kerstin Lohmann 
Dipl. Psych., Psychological Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst
Theme: Body psychotherapy or psychoanalytical treatment? On the integration of the physical dimension in the psychotherapeutic process
Abstract: The ongoing controversial debate about the integration of body-psychotherapeutic methods into analytical psychotherapy is inhibited by scepticism, numerous misunderstandings and contradictions. Touch and movement represent essential differences between a “purely verbal” psychoanalytical treatment and body-process psychotherapy. The differences and similarities in the integration of the physical dimension into body-psychotherapeutic treatment (taking functional relaxation as a body-psychotherapeutic procedure) and psychoanalytical treatment will be illustrated using brief case vignettes.
Katrin Max 
PD Dr., deputy professor for modern German literature (focal point KJL) at the Institute for German Studies of Leipzig University. She received her doctorate in 2007 for a work on the function of sickness motifs in Thomas Mann, and habilitated in 2015 with a work on the bourgeoisie and bourgeois culture in the literature of the GDR. One of her main points of research is Literature and Medicine.
Theme: The soul as a “sickness-creating power”. The reception of Georg Groddeck in the work of Thomas Mann and Uwe Tellkamp
Abstract: Georg Groddeck was not only active himself as a writer and doctor communicating his psychosomatic concepts in literary form; his views about the impact of the soul on the body have also been taken up repeatedly by various authors for the purposes of artistic interpretation, right up to the present day. My lecture uses two concrete examples to show the extent to which Georg Groddeck can be of interest when interpreting literary texts. I will focus here on Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain (1924) and Uwe Tellkamp’s novel The Tower (2008). Both texts make reference to Groddeck’s teachings on psychosomatics and integrate these into the novels’ events, albeit with different accentuations. The Magic Mountain addresses the theme of how the soul can have an impact as an “sickness-creating power”, whereby doubt is cast on the postulate of the primacy of the body. In The Tower, by contrast, Groddeck and his work undergo a semantization in the politico-economic and the sociological context of GDR society, with reference not least to the remains of Dresden’s ideological roots in the bourgeoisie of the early 20th century.
Samuel Müller 
Dr. phil., director of the Form für Edition und Erschließung (FEE) at the Deutsche Seminar at the University of Basel
Theme: The circles of the ES
Abstract: How can Groddeck’s Es emerge and prevail in a conflict with Freud that hovers between priority struggle and the (strained) relationship between teacher and disciple?
Peter L. Rudnytsky 
Professor of English at the University of Florida and Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association. From 2001 to 2011 he was editor of American Imago. Among his books are Reading Psychoanalysis: Freud, Rank, Ferenczi, Groddeck (2003) and Mutual Analysis: Ferenczi, Severn, and the Origins of Trauma Theory (2016). He is co-editor of the History of Psychoanalysis series with Karnac and the Psychoanalytic Horizons series with Bloomsbury.
Theme: Groddeck’s Lessons
Abstract: The paper will consider what there is to be learned from Groddeck today. Emphasis will be placed on the contemporary relevance of The Book of the It and Groddeck’s significance for the history of psychoanalysis.
Barbara Rüttner Götzmann 
Dr. med., specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy, psychoanalyst (IPV / SGPsa) and focusing therapist (DAF). She trained in psychoanalysis at the Freud Institute in Zurich and works as a deputy professor for clinical psychology and psychoanalytical psychotherapy at the Media School in Hamburg, as well as in a psychotherapeutic-psychoanalytical practice in Bad Segeberg.
Theme: Groddeck – Focusing – Psychoanalysis: Some Guidelines on the Leap into the Imaginary
Abstract: Groddeck regards sickness and recovery as a creative act on the part of the powers of the Es. The focusing technique offers access to an inner body experience that unfolds in an imaginary space in the depths of the soul. This imaginary space is based on earliest, preverbal mirror experiences with primary objects and constitutes the foundation of a physical proto-self when physical and mental states form a unit and the powers of the Es become effective. The leap into the imaginary facilitates access to these primal experiences that are manifest in the physical and serves as the basis of a holistic psychosomatics. Taking clinical examples and by means of a small demonstration, insight will be given into a special treatment technique and its integration into psychoanalytical work with patients.
Rainer Stange
Doctor of Medicine, internist and specialist for naturopathy and physical therapy, diploma in physics. He has worked as a doctor in the field of naturopathy since 1984, has been in the department of naturopathy in the Immanuel Krankenhaus in Berlin since 2001, since 2009 as the doctor in charge.
Theme: Georg Groddeck – Founder of a ‘holism’ of naturopathy and psychoanalysis or forgotten avant-gardist?
Abstract: His one-year clinical further training and his completion of a dissertation under Prof. Ernst Schweninger at the then famous Charité in Berlin predestined Groddeck to be a doctor who would at least also be active in the field of naturopathy. Shortly afterwards he was able, in the subsequent 34 years no less, and as director of the Marienhöhe sanatorium in Baden-Baden, to engage in all combinations of nutrition therapy, therapeutic baths, massages with psychotherapy – which even today still find the greatest approval, intuitively and explicitly, among the respective patients.
 
For some advocates of today’s naturopathy, the “healer form Baden-Baden” is almost an ideal type who underpins the intellectually much more extravagant paths of psychoanalysis with down-to-earth medical building material. Yet the majority surely have only a rudimentary knowledge of him.
 
It is more relevant today than ever before to confront those patients who beset us with psychological ailments and the most varied physical experiences with his legacy. So far, body-oriented psychotherapy has only done justice to it at one level. Its natural continuation is to be found in active exercise therapy. Other contributions, such as by nutrition therapy, including fasting, are scientifically totally vague, and massage, so highly regarded by Groddeck, as well as balneology have only been subjected to rudimentary research and use.
Panel discussion: Psychotherapy between Science and Art
Panelists: Rainer Funk, Lilli Gast, Lutz Götzmann, N.N.
Abstract: Today as in Groddeck’s day, psychotherapeutic work hovers between scientific aspiration and medical art. Groddeck vehemently supported medical art and regarded making it more scientific as a process of law making that impeded new discoveries and falsified the relationship between patient and doctor because of schematisation. In the course of the therapeutic process, he himself tried to rediscover the patient’s existence as subject.
How can the canon of psychoanalytical theory and its scientific rationale be linked with individual practise? In what shape is the therapeutic art today, in times of constant scientific evaluation?
Banquet accompanied by Willkommen im Satanarium. Baden-Badener Lehrstück. Premiere. Text: Otto Jägersberg; Music: Violeta Dinescu.
Anne Hortsmann (flute), Dörte Nienstedt (flute) and Mirjana Petercol (accordion)
Violeta Dinescu, pianist and composer, professor of applied composition at the Univesity of Oldenburg since 1996. Numerous international prizes and awards for her compositions.
Anne Horstmann, flautist; presents literature and stories in combination with music. She collaborates with composers and performs works written specially for her.
Dörte Nienstedt, founder, together with Anne Horstmann, of “Neue Flötentöne” – contemporary music for recorders/flutes and transverse flutes. Teaches, among others, at the HfK Bremen.
Mirjana Petercol, qualified concert soloist, Master of Music, qualified music teacher and church musician. Teaches accordion, dispokinesis, chamber music and methodology at the music academies in Kassel (1998) and Wiesbaden (2002).
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