'MIND, CONSCIOUSNESS AND RITUALS' ENGLISH SPEAKING SYMPOSIUM ON PPK
„Mind, Consciousness and Rituals” symposium was organized by the Affective Psychology Department and the Austrian Society for Medical Anthropology on 17 October 2016.
All three professors are clinical psychologists, but their work is in contact with parts of cultural anthropology: they research and analyse the teaching of the oriental religions and shaman rituals on more continents in order to integrate that in western, ’modern’ clinical psychological practice.
The symposium started with Michael Delmonte’s lecture, who is the professor of Trinity College in Dublin. Dr. Delmonte analysed the concept of the awareness and ’mindfulness’, both from the oriental and the psychodynamic perspective and he highlighted its role in therapeutic healing processes
Jürgen Kremer, from Saybrook University in San Francisco built his lecture on showing the difference between ‘western” and ‘native’ self – which appears in pattern of brain signals too – and on research the shaman healing rituals.
The last lecturer was Prof. Dagmar Eigner from Medical University of Vienna, who spoke about the Nepalese, Chinese and Australian healing rituals, which infect in different modalities on participants and those induce altered states of consciousness, which receive a big role in healing.
The symposium was moderated by Günther Fleck from University Vienna and Varga Katalin department leader from Affective Psychology Department of ELTE PPK.