Prof. Dr. Ilka Quindeau studied psychology at Erlangen University and sociology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. After earning her doctorate at the University of Kassel, she then settled at the University of Flensburg in sociology before taking up the professorship for Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in 2004. In addition, she taught as a private lecturer at the University of Frankfurt at the Institute for General Educational Sciences.
After many years of working in her own psychoanalytic practice, she is now a prodigious member of the DPV/IPA and a DGPT member of the public and local training committee of the Frankfurt Psychoanalytic Institute. Ilka Quindeau is also a training analyst in the DPV.
Quindeau was awarded the Wolfgang-Loch Prize for outstanding psychoanalytical work at the University of Tübingen in October 2005. Since 2012, she has presided over the Sigmund Freud Foundation e.V.
Her publications are comprised of several monographs and anthologies as well as around one hundred original works. Her work focuses on psychoanalytical theory development as well as research on trauma, biographies, sexuality, and gender.
Excerpts from Prof. Quindeau's Inauguration:
“Psychoanalysis is paradigmatically a transdisciplinary science. Specific, psychoanalytical thinking requires communication, it must come in contact with other disciplines, so that it can develop within a variety of areas-- within science as well as in therapy, the workplace, and in cultural and social contexts.”
For Prof. Quindeau, “psychoanalytical thought” represents much more than “a way of thinking,” it is “instead a comprehensive attitude that one has for oneself and others, or rather: a reflective relationship with oneself and the world.” This is embodied as a primary goal at IPU. Accepting social responsibility and the personal development of students is of central importance for her. “I find it very impressive,” highlights Prof. Quindeau, “the level of commitment that IPU students have, and are still, for example, highly involved with refugees. It deserves a great deal of support.”
She sees IPU “as a lighthouse in the university landscape—especially with regards to its strong emphasis on practice-oriented programs--the interlocking of sciences and practice. The challenges of the 21st century require the ability to think independently, critically, and innovatively beyond the limits of one’s own field.”