In its research, the department addresses psychoanalytic perspectives on individual development, education, and socialization, conceptual research in psychoanalysis, and psychoanalytic cultural and subject theory, as well as the failed or unsuccessful coping strategies of currently pressing social and individual challenges.

Current research projects:

  • Habilitation project: One focus is conceptual research within psychoanalysis (cf. Leuzinger-Bohleber & Fischmann 2006), especially since the paradigmatic application of psychoanalysis in pedagogy and educational sciences and its transfer into educational practice solid theoretical foundations. Selected psychoanalytic concepts are revised, relevant empirical findings and historical developments of the concepts are brought together, and systematic problems of individual concepts are critically discussed; if necessary, updates of individual concepts are suggested (Gianluca Crepaldi).
  • Dissertation project: Psychosocial consequences of forced migration are highly relevant socially, politically and pedagogically. Against this background, the dissertation deals with the experiences of refugees and migrants in the society of arrival. In order to be able to research the psychosocial situation of refugees in its unconscious dimension, theories and methods of psychoanalytic social psychology are used to enable adequate access to the psychodynamic conflicts and unconscious dimensions of located between society and refugee subject (Andreas Jensen).
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