Kulturpsychoanalyse und Psychologie des Zeiterlebens in gesellschaftlichen Krisen

Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Timo Storck
Teilförderung: BMBF

Schwerpunkt 1: Psychoanalyse von Film und TV

Die psychoanalytische Erkenntnismethode (Reflexion des eigenen Erlebens innerhalb einer Beziehungsszene) erlaubt einen Transfer aus dem Behandlungszimmer in andere Felder, u.a. zur Untersuchung der Bedeutung medialer Darstellungen. In diesem Teil-Schwerpunkt werden Filme und Fernsehserien untersucht.


  • (mit Dr. G. Schneider, Prof. Dr. A. Hamburger, Dr. K. Nitzschmann, P. Bär): Herausgabe der Buchreihe „Im Dialog: Psychoanalyse und Filmtheorie“, Schwerpunkt zu: F. Fellini, C. Denis, J.-L. Godard, F. Ozon, S. Coppola, A. Kurosawa)
  • Storck, T. (in Vorb.). Psychoanalyse und Film. Heidelberg, Berlin: Springer.
  • Storck, T. & Taubner, S. (2018). (Hg.). Von Game of Thrones bis The Walking Dead. Interpretation von Kultur in Serie. Heidelberg, Berlin: Springer.


Schwerpunkt 2: Psychologie des Zeiterlebens in gesellschaftlichen Krisen

Forschungsstipendium am Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Postapocalyptic Studies, Universität Heidelberg (10/23-02/24; gefördert durch das BMBF), T. Storck

Explorations of non-linear conceptions of time from a psychological and psychoanalytic perspective shed light on the specific role „before“ and „after“ play when it comes to radical breaches of the apocalypse. In a first segment, „experiential“ time is explored, focusing on three concepts from psychoanalysis: „aprés-coup“ (the way in which „later“ events help to mentally constitute „former“ ones in their effect on experience), „fear of breakdown“ (dreading something as about to come up which did already happen but has not been mentally processed due to overwhelming anxiety), „catastrophic change“ (viewing change as the catastrophe of losing that which is known). This will allow for the view that those radical forms of breach that are called apocalyptic need to be embraced by accepting the demise of the so-far known without already having the expectation of a passage at hand. Instead, utopian thinking is atopical, rendering something genuinely postapocalyptic. In a second segment, this metatheoretical tools will be applied to the individual level of the collapse of experiential time and of the capacities to tolerate anxiety in mental illness, as well as to the cultural level of exploring time, catastrophe and utopian thinking in (post-) apocalyptic fictional narratives. Mental illness can be regarded as dysfunctionally dealing with dreaded change and/or letting go of familiar, albeit static ways of managing experience. In fictional media such as films or tv shows, apocalyptic narratives are met with fascination which allows for exploring what characterizes utopian thinking building upon embracing the apocalypse.