Continuing Education

Exploring cultural, ethnic, religious conflicts and coexistence

The Vamik Volkan Lectures

History, and especially recent history has demonstrated that even in the time of International peace keeping organisations, group processes in society and between groups can lead to destructive violence and even genocide. The vital need to understand extreme between -group interactions and especially that of developing effective interventions and concepts of negotiations can still be seen as a new field. An interdisciplinary key group of experts with long-standing experience in large scale negotiations and mediation has collaborated to prepare a professional training program based on the most recent knowledge in this new field.

The team of experts that will offer their experience as trainers will be headed by
Professor Vamik Volkan, Lord Alderdice, and Professor Nathaniel W. Howell.

Participants do have the opportunity to work on and acquire experience and skills in the analyses and negotiations of conflicts and in the development and implementations of strategies for coexistence between groups. The programme will be based on a pragmatic and interdisciplinary approach, integrating political sciences, and transcultural, large group and psychodynamic psychology. Subjects will be developed through review of existing theoretical concepts, analysis of practical examples, self-experience, and interaction.

The time frame of five consecutive intense workshops, consisting of four days over a time of two years will permit the integration of the curriculum into ongoing professional work settings. Sessions will be held between April 2009 and Autumn 2010.

The programme will be organised and hosted by Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria (Program Director: Professor Thomas Wenzel, Medical University of Vienna).

On completing the programme participants will receive the diploma on International Conflict Negotiation.

The course will be held in English.

The trainers:
Vamik Volkan
Lord Alderdice
Nathaniel W. Howe
Felix de Mendelssohn
Alfred Pritz
Thomas Wenzel

Structure of the program:
The program consists of a series of seminars that will be held between April 2009 and autumn 2010. Each of the 5 seminars will consist of 4 days, focusing on one aspect of an interdisciplinary understanding of conflicts and coexistence.

Seminars will be held by Vamik Volkan, Lord Alderdice, Ambassador Prof. Nathaniel W. Howell, Prof.Felix de Mendelsohn, Thomas Wenzel, Alfred Pritz, with selected specialists from related fields of expertise and again by Vamik Volkan.

Short schedule of workshops:
To Be Announced

Persons who deal with social, cultural and ethic conflicts.

Registration fee:
whole program € 3.000,–
single seminar € 700,–

Questions and registration:

Phone +43 1 798 40 98

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