Please note: This in an indicative program, we will keep all participants informed of any alterations.

DAY 1 – FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER 2020 

16:00 – 16:30 

Registration and welcome refreshments

16:30 – 17:00 

17:15 – 19.00 

Exploring the theme of ERM – a participatory event | Rebecca Nestor & Annemette Hasselager

19:00 – 20:00 

Aperitivo – with snacks and wine

DAY 2 – SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2020 

08:30 – 09:30 

Social Dreaming Matrix | Halina Brunning & John Wilkes

Social Dreaming will provide the space to share dreams we have experienced in the days leading up to the Meeting, as well as older dreams. Participants are also invited to share any associations they have with the recounted dreams, such as incidents in literature, film or drama. The seating arrangement will purposely block participants’ eye contact with each other, because we pay attention to material described in and associations to the dreams, not the dreamers.  Halina Brunning and John Wilkes will host the sessions. Their aim will be to support the participants in finding and connecting themes linking the dreams, thus providing a creative cradle for holding the hopes and aspirations, as well as discomforts and anxieties, whilst allowing new thoughts to emerge to enrich the exploration of the theme of the Regional Meeting in Krakow.

09:30 – 10:00 

Coffee break 

10:00 – 11:00 

Keynote: “Repairing the Damage: Wishful, Defensive or Restorative?” | Dr Susan Long

Damage, physically and to the psyche is inevitable. This is whether it is caused unconsciously, through consciously malicious intent, thoughtlessness, as collateral or just through a hostile environment or the warring of internal forces.

But so too is the desire to repair. The psychoanalytic focus on reparation sees the process as an attempt by a person to repair perceived damage to another or more precisely, to an internal image of the other – a loved other. Large groups such as organisations and societies also do damage and sometimes acknowledge this and make attempts to repair – perhaps defensively, simply to restore their own reputation, but perhaps from guilt and remorse.

This address will invite listeners to think about reparation in terms of wishfulness, defensiveness and its restorative capacity. It rests on the premise that damage is always to the system and that both that which damages and that which is damaged suffer. It is in system restoration that hope re-emerges.

11:00 – 13:00 

Open Space 
A session dedicated to engaging participants to work in groups to harness the potential of the collective process as we explore various perspectives of the art of repairing 

13:00 – 14:00 

Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 

Visiting Wawel Castle
All participants are invited to a guided tour of the Castle.

15:00 – 17:00 

The art of repair – Case Studies
This section aims to afford participants an opportunity to explore different aspects of repair via parallel small case study groups each led by a consultant or artisan with experience of repair in artistic, political or organisational contexts.  

Case Study: Brussels, Brexit and Beyond: Both/And Functioning in the European Institutions as a Form of Repair | Sarah J Cayrafourcq

Sarah will share her experience of some of the European institutions that are struggling to manage both the operational demands and felt experience of the impending departure of the UK from the EU. She will explore the impact these dynamics have on the functioning of European comitology (the work of specific institutional committees and working groups in partner organisations), with a special focus on members’ difficulties in sustaining collaborative policymaking around existential environmental issues. We will discover how members develop sophisticated capacities to build and hold multiple identities and identifications (“both/and” functioning) in an attempt to repair broken bonds and atone for what many experience as the abandonment of shared meaning. We will see how this reparative work is also being done in the service of surviving long enough to fulfil the vital primary tasks that require completion before Brexit. We will learn how different political and national groupings are exercising both reparative and transgressive creativity as they envisage future shared work outside the boundaries of the European institutions and their own official, state-mandated roles.

Following a presentation of Sarah’s experience of these dynamics in her consultancy work, you will have an opportunity to work together in the session to explore the possibilities (and limits) of repair in your own experience and work. Sarah and the session facilitator will help you discuss and reflect on any associations to the themes raised by the material, and the ways in which you might use your own felt experience of these to enrich your consultancy practice and/or engagement with organisational life.

Looking beyond the European institutions proper, Sarah will close by sharing a few examples of similar reparative dynamics in her consultations to companies, trade associations and alliances that also operate on a pan-European level. She will use her central presentation, these additional cases, and the collective-sensemaking the group has done in the session, to invite some hypotheses about what can and cannot be repaired in a fractured European union and system of belonging.

Case Study:  Social Group Analysis: Poland on the Couch | Anna Zajenkowska

The process of repairing within society involves reconciliation. In order to attain it an individual or a group goes through certain stages like confrontation, mourning, forgiving, which eventually lead to reconciliation. That helps to deal with difficult feelings like hatred, so much present in today’s world and related to a great level of uncertainty arising from constant change and development.
During the workshop Anna will talk about the use of Group Analysis to work with social groups. Group Analysis is a broad concept that relates to the power of society and community. It can be used psychotherapeutically in the process of mental treatment. However, it can also be used to understand processes that are present in societies to facilitate their development and social well-being.
 
The Poland on the Couch Project is an exemplification of Social Group Analysis, and in particular Reflective Citizens Discipline. It is an initiative started by group analysts and aimed at building a safe space for conversation – the basis of social life. It encompasses reflective citizens’ workshops and publications (e.g. Zajenkowska, A, & Levin, U. (2019). A Psychoanalytic and Socio-Cultural Exploration of a Continent: Europe on the Couch. Routledge: London). Workshops bring together representatives of diverse environments and offer an opportunity to reflect on social processes. The main aim is to awaken a spontaneous and genuine conversation, which according to Bion is a powerful healing and facilitating instrument. Reflective citizens’ workshops have been held in different cities – mainly in Poland but also in Germany – since 2014, and are ongoing.

During the meeting Anna will present the framework of the Poland on the Couch project, with its underlying theoretical basis and inspirations. As a result of the workshop participants will be familiar with the methodology of the project, which can be used to work with social groups, but also with organisations undergoing change. The meeting will end with a discussion on possible uses of this method in different national or organisational contexts.

Case Study: Kintsugi | Joanna Koryciarz-Kitamikado

Kintsugi is an old Japanese method of repairing broken ceramics and porcelain. The pieces are glued with a natural lacquer-based binder and then decorated with gold, silver or other metal particles. The vessel not only obtains a practical “second life”, but also becomes a unique piece of art.

Kintsugi perfectly harmonises with the Japanese aesthetic of “wabi – sabi”, disclosing beauty in objects that are far from ideal. The artistic combination of pieces of broken ceramics is a craft on the verge of art.  Thanks to this method, otherwise useless objects gain unique beauty. Being a part of the modern trend of recycling and upcycling, kintsugi is becoming more and more popular in the world.
The workshop will explain and demonstrate the process of kintsugi and show examples of its results. Participants will be invited to connect with the mindset and physical/technical aspects of conducting kintsugi, and reflect on associations and connections with the art/craft of organisational or political repair.

17:00 – 18:00 

20:30             

Social meeting in Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter) for a drink and live music

DAY 3 – SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER 2020 

08:30 – 09:30 

Social Dreaming Matrix | Halina Brunning & John Wilkes

09:30 – 10:00 

Coffee break 

10:00 – 12:00 

Balint groups | Dr Claudia Nagel

We have chosen the Balint Group Format to support conference members in talking about their work, their open questions, their dilemmas or difficulties they face in their work with a specific client. The format is very helpful to create a safe space to have deep and confidential work-related exchanges with like-minded colleagues. It is very inspiring and helpful to hear what other people with different backgrounds can contribute to your own work and how this can help to open up and develop new questions, insights or even solutions.

In the Balint Group Format the case presenter describes shortly the case with their own words and presents the question to be addressed. The participants listen to this report, and they give their impressions, feelings and fantasies about it in a specific way, so that a complex picture of the case and the relationships in it is created, which the speaker can silently observe from a distance and in peace. S/he thus gets suggestions for a new point of view. This offers an opportunity to become more aware of own effects and blind spots and can help vary own reactions and interventions and to try out different ways of working. Dr. Claudia Nagel will share and introduce the format and together with experienced colleagues will run small groups of 6 to 10 people, so that two or three cases can be shared in each group. 

12:15 – 13.00 

Closing plenary | Closing remarks Iwona Sołtysińska

13:00         

Lunch break with refreshments

14:00         

The end of ERM