20th Herbstakademie

Synchronization in Embodied Interaction

University of Freiburg, Germany | February 28 - March 2, 2019

We will address theoretical and applied questions of synchrony in embodied social interaction:

• What is the role of the body in social interaction and mental processes?
• In conversations, how are verbal and nonverbal interaction related?
• Can the phenomenon of synchrony elucidate psychotherapy process?
• How can practitioners incorporate principles of embodiment into their work?


You are cordially invited to submit your abstract for an oral presentation or poster presentation. The submission should include the title of the proposed contribution, the name(s) of author(s) together with affiliation and phone number. The abstract text may have up to 300 words. Please indicate your preference (oral or poster). The deadline for abstract submission is November 11, 2018. You will be informed about acceptance of your submission in December 2018. To submit, please send your abstract to Wolfgang Tschacher at this e-mail address: tschacher(at)upd.unibe.ch

Keynote speakers:

Thiemo Breyer, Philosophische Fakultät || Universität Köln
Thomas Fuchs, Klinik für Allgemeine Psychiatrie || Universität Heidelberg
Hermann Haken, Synergetics and Systems Theory || Universität Stuttgart
Hedda Lausberg, Neurology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychiatry || Universität Köln
Johannes Michalak, Department für Psychologie und Psychotherapie || Universität Witten/Herdecke
Lorenza Mondada, Department of Languages and Literatures || Universität Basel
Anja Stukenbrock, Faculté des lettres || Université de Lausanne

Scientific board:

Anna Buchheim
Elisabeth Gülich
Hermann Herlinghaus
Claas Lahmann
Stefan Pfänder
Carl Eduard Scheidt
Wolfgang Tschacher

The conference language is English.

This conference is 20th in the Herbstakademie series dedicated to the topic of complex systems in psychology, cognitive science, and related disciplines. The upcoming conference is supported by FRIAS (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies). Information on previous meetings of the Herbstakademie community is provided here. A list of Herbstakademie publications is this.


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Tschacher
Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Universität Bern


Prof. Dr. Carl Eduard Scheidt
Klinik für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie || Universitätsklinikum Freiburg


Prof. Dr. Stefan Pfänder
Romanisches Seminar || Universität Freiburg