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Conference- Rhythm and sound in performative practices and psychotherapy

When Feb 01, 2018 06:00 PM to
Feb 03, 2018 01:00 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, seminar room
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Humans have an affinity to both: clear and distinct information, utterances and understandings – and to the opposite: a devotion to multiple meanings as expressed in music. Sometimes we feel that music speaks, but when pressed to give a formulation of what we heard our words fail. It might be that this wider range and uncertainty of meaning has a higher potential for individual and social integration.
Clear words and utterances sometime have sharp frontiers distinguishing not only meanings but members from non-members. In pre-modern salons as we had them in Petersburg, Paris, Berlin, London and many other countries, the rule of conversation was not to decide a question, as is required in scientific debates. No, the top rule for the host or hostess was to include every participant in common conversations. Here it was dispreferred to urge a debate to a point of decision. In certain domains, if not in society in general, the value of fuzziness is today higher estimated than a few years ago. In psychotherapy often not to-speak-to-the point is more helpful than a precise interpretation. The value of quasi-musical integration is rediscovered again. Time to study rhythm and sound in performative practices and psychotherapy.




Prof. Dr. Stefan Pfänder
Interactional Linguistics and Multimodal Corpus Linguistics
University of Freiburg

Prof. Michael Buchholz
International Psychoanalytic University (IPU), Berlin