Meaning and Rememberance

Viktor Frankl Symposium 2020

We are glad to present the programme for the Viktor Frankl Symposium 2020. This year, we intend to approach the broad topics of meaning and memory from a variety of angles. Again, we were able to attract many interesting personalities as lecturers and workshop leaders.
Margit Fischer, winner of the City of Vienna Viktor Frankl Prize 2018 and wife of the former Austrian President, will present the opening lecture entitled What we pass on. Further lectures will be given by educator, communication expert and trainer Pamela Emmerling, professor of education Peter Gstettner and phsychiatric doctor, psychoanalyst, and Holocaust survivor Eva Umlauf. Workshops will be conducted by Pamela Emmerling, Peter Gstettner, Eva Umlauf, Otto Teischel, Harald Mori, Andrea Lauritsch, Alma Brkic-Elezovic, Nadja Danglmaier and Lydia Burchhardt.

For the 13th time, our university becomes a forum for a lively exchange of ideas on the work of Viktor Frankl. People who have been moved, influenced, inspired, or who want to get to know it better, think together with the lecturers about the findings of the founder of the third Viennese school of psychotherapy and its significance for life, learning, self, and society. This year, our symposium takes place under the sign of remembrance. She has many facets, personal, social, historical, positive, constructive, negative, destructive. A main component of the German word "Erinnerung" is "innen," "inside" and this can tell us a lot: it is about something that is not immediately visible. Viktor Frankl speaks of the barns of the past, in which nothing is irretrievably lost, but rather everything is unrecoverably safe. "Nothing can be eliminated from the world that has once happened: isn't it all the more important that it is created into the world?" he writes. We want to investigate memory as a resource, as a source and motor for meaning in the lives of each individual and of all of us as a society.

The barns of memory need light and order, because what is hidden inside can quickly turn into a threat. Much needs to be pronounced so that it does not mutate into a virus that, instead of becoming the fertile ground of development for the better, a breeding ground for stagnation or even suffering  and terror. Margit Fischer describes personal aspects of memory, Pamela Emmerling shows how the right words turn into a fertile memory, Eva Umlauf illuminates the memory of the soul and Peter  Gstettner shows the great importance of the work of remembrance. The leaders of our workshops will bring a variety of topics around memory to life. For everything we "create into the world" is part of a great whole, be it a human life or the whole of the world.

Jutta Clarke, Inst. for School Development and Teaching Practice - Univerisity College for Teacher Training Carinthia - Viktor Frankl University College