Keynote Speakers

Dr. Marianne Eberhard-Kaechele

Langen Institute, Dance Movement Therapist, trainer and supervisor; Lecturer and Researcher, German University of Sport, Department of neurology & psychosomatic psychiatry, Köln, Germany

DMT on interdisciplinary Pathways – Are we finding or losing our way?

To make it clear: I am definitely for interdisciplinary pathways, there are just many things we have to consider on our way.I would like to discuss things such as:

Chances and risks of the taking and the giving role between disciplines;

One-way and two-way affiliation (is the other discipline aware of and agreed to our use of their knowledge/concepts or not?)

The question of Identity  - diffusion or enhancement - does „Genuine“ DMT exist and if so, what is it?

The pros and cons of broadening our base of core/fundamental disciplines;

Old wine in new wineskins and other problems of authorship in the scientific, in particular the medical, community (the archival approach to documenting our discipline that we discussed in Berlin as a solution here);

The use of language as opposed to the use of concepts;

Models of interdisciplinary enhancement;

Then I would discuss which disciplines offer us chances, what these might be and how we can use them in research and practice.



Prof. Vittorio Gallese

Full Professor of Physiology, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Italy; Adjunct Research Scholar, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, New York, USA

A new take on intersubjectivity: Embodied simulation and a second-person relational approach to social cognition.

The discovery of a mirror mechanism for action, emotions and sensations suggested an
embodied approach to simulation – Embodied Simulation (ES). ES provides a new 
empirically based notion of intersubjectivity, viewed first and foremost as intercorporeity.
ES challenges the notion that Folk Psychology is the sole account of interpersonal
understanding. Before and below mind reading is intercorporeity as the main source of
knowledge we directly gather about others. By means of ES we do not just “see” an action,
an emotion, or a sensation and then understand it through an inference by analogy. By
means of ES we can map others’ actions by re-using our own motor representations, as
well as others’ emotions and sensations by re-using our own viscero-motor and
somatosensory representations. ES provides an original and unitary account of basic
aspects of intersubjectivity, demonstrating how deeply our making sense of others’ living
and acting bodies is rooted in the power of re-using our own motor, emotional and
somatosensory resources. The notion that a theoretical meta-representational approach to
the other is the sole/main key to intersubjectivity will be challenged and a second-person
approach to intersubjectivity will be proposed.


Prof. Romano Madera

Full Professor of Moral Phylosophy and Phylosophical Practices, Department of Human Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicoca, Italy

A message assigned to dancing by Nietzsche, Jung and Nijinsky: prophecies and demons of the Quest in the era of global wars.

IIn the Liber Secundus of Jung’s Red Book we listen to the dialogue between the I and the Red One, the
Devil. This personal devil is an ancient, good-mannered horseman, whose role would have been to teach
dancing and joy to the stiff personalità of the I. In a more ironic sense it reminds Nietzsche’s Zarathustra
admonishment to the Higher Men to overcome the spirit of gravity. But the real dancer didn’t agree with
this spirit of lightness: “Now I will dance you the war, with its suffering, with its destruction, with its death.
The war which you did not prevent and so you are responsible for”. So said Nijinsky during his last ballet in St. Moritz  at the end of the First World War. 
        Nijinsky ended up crushed by madness but that does not detract from the strength of his invective and his prophecy. In many ways, today we can look at the decades that followed the Second World War as the illusion of exiting the century of world wars. As the pope says there is a new kind of world war, world war in pieces. 
If the world  outside is torn between hostile countries, ethnic groups, classes, genders, political power struggles, the world inside will be deeply affected, and vice versa. Dancing with the opposite side, the dance of the opposites, might be a good metaphor because dance means a possibility of approach the other and the other side, tests the consistency of agreement and disagreement, seduces or resists seduction. In every case dance is the enactment of a relationship and
doing so it provides for a chance to mindfulness.