This year's lecturer is Professor Elisabeth Rohr. Elisabeth Rohr was Professor for Intercultural Education at the University of Marburg till 2013 and is a Group Analyst, a counsellor and consultant in national and international organizations. She has been a member of the staff of the Heidelberg Institute and has
been engaged in establishing a supervision training in Guatemala. She has done extensive
research about issues of migration, fundamentalism, gender and supervision.
I would like to explore the potential of Group Analysis as both a theoretical and therapeutic tool in
order to understand the unconscious dimensions of the complexity of life in a globalized, polarized
and highly individualized world. I will focus on issues that tend to be excluded not only from our
perception, but also from public discourse. I would like to question some of the popular concepts
now “en vogue”:
What does it actually mean to live in “liquid times”, dealing with “liquid identities?
Is the rise of the concept of “empowerment” somehow connected to the growing social
disappearance of the state?
What is progressive about the concept of transnationality when it means that intimacy has been lost
and left behind children of a migrants know their mothers only on Skype?
What can be expected of future leaders of the world who only know life in so called “transnational
spaces” and who have never had the chance to develop a sense of home or of belonging to any social
group or culture or nation?
Globalization, migration and transnational identities have been part of our Group Analytic practices
for many years. Have they also entered our Group Analytic concepts? If we understand our Group
Analytic task as a basic commitment to work on behalf of the “repressed”, then the question has to be
raised, how political is Group Analysis today – in theory and in practice?