Prof. Dr. Phil C. Langer

Psychoanalytic Social Psychology and Social Psychiatry

IPU Berlin
Stromstr. 3b - Room 1.03
10555 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-758
E-Mail: phil.langer(at)

Teaching Focus

In a teaching perspective, I represent the field of social psychology, which is taught in the bachelor's and master's program in psychology. Social psychology generally asks about the feelings, experiences, and actions of subjects in their social contexts. Identity and social perception, attitudes and prejudices, pro- and antisocial behavior, group formation and group dynamics are key questions of human existence that are addressed. Social psychology has interdisciplinary links to numerous areas of the humanities and natural sciences, in particular sociology, political science, education and cultural studies as well as linguistics and neurosciences. Even within psychology, social psychology can not be clearly demarcated.

Particularly in the fields of work, economic and organizational, consumer and market, health and peace psychology, perspectives of applied social psychology are of central importance. In the master's program Interdisciplinary Psychosis Therapy, I am involved in issues of social psychiatry, health sciences, participatory approaches as well as migration and culture. Methodically, it is my concern to impart qualitative methods of empirical research and to strengthen their relevance in all programs at the IPU.

Research Focus

Currently, three externally funded research projects are being carried out that focus on experiences of violence in conflict areas in an empirical-qualitative way. In a follow-up project to the study "Glimpses of Hope in the Shadow of War" (funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research 2016-17), which has tracked the affects of everyday violence for identity formation and the social agency of young people in Afghanistan, a grant from the Stiftung Analytische Psychiatrie allows for preparing the respective findings for dissemination in the form of a policy paper, an international symposium and two monographs.

In another follow-up project, funded within the context of the regional program "Psychosocial Support of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons" of the GIZ, a concept of organizational staff care is implemented in organizations in the Middle East and the implementation is evaluated ("What Helps the Helpers"? 2018-2020). Also within the framework of the GIZ regional program, a research project on the psychosocial needs of former ISIS child soldiers Northern Iraq is being conducted.

Aktuell laufende und abgeschlossene Forschungsprojekte:
Psychosocial Needs of Former ISIS Child Soldiers in North Iraq
What Helps the Helpers? Resonding to Staff Care Needs in Fragile Contexts
The Afghan Youth Project 2
Was hilft im Nahen Osten? Selbstverständnisse, Hilfetheorien und Organisational Care-Instrumente im Bereich MHPSS in der Region Syrien
Wenn der Krieg im Kopf den Blick auf Frieden trübt. Eine empirische Untersuchung zu den Folgen traumatischer Erfahrungen kollektiver Gewalt für Identität, Gesellschaftsbilder und Agency von Jugendlichen in Afghanistan (The Afghan Youth Project 1)
50 plus HIV. Älter werden mit HIV und Aids in Deutschland
ISAF 2010: Einsatzwirklichkeiten aus Sicht der Soldatinnen und Soldaten
Spätdiagnose HIV. Psychosoziale Hintergründe und Ansätze für die Prävention
Positives Begehren. Psychosoziale Dynamiken des sexuellen Risikoverhaltens homosexuell lebender Männer in Deutschland
Aktuelle Herausforderungen der Thematisierung von Nationalsozialismus und Holocaust

Further Information

Im Sommersemester 2020 und im Wintersemester 2020/21 bin ich für die Übernahme einer Gastprofessur am Institut für Bildungswissenschaft der Universität Wien an der IPU Berlin beurlaubt. In dieser Zeit kann ich keine Betreuung von (neuen) Abschlussarbeiten übernehmen.