Michael M. Franzen (b. Dittmann)

M.A., Research Associate

IPU Berlin
Stromstr. 3b - Room 1.48
10555 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-500
E-Mail: michael.franzen@ipu-berlin.de

Teaching Focus

Starting from the basic idea that psychology is an observational science (Buchholz 2015), the aim of my seminars is to get to know (social) scientific work as an observational psychologist – and to derive from this an attitude with distinct concepts of action.

How do human encounters give rise to social interactions that used to be more than the sum of individual attributes? In this context I follow the suggestion of a participant perspective, i.e. how the participants themselves demonstrate their understanding, e.g. i) by hesitating after a question, and thereby presenting the same as a potentially delicate matter, and how this can be observed methodically, i.e. across situations, or ii) how we assure ourselves of the audience of one and the other by means of finely coordinated processes.

Contrary to the strong conviction that tries to bind us in from time to time, according to which we knew what the other thinks, I follow the idea that we cannot 'look into our heads' and therefore meaning is realized locally, i.e. in the situation, and must pass through the "bottleneck of communication [...] so that it can become relevant in the world at all" (Bergmann 2000, p. 127). From this interpretative paradigm of interaction (Blumer 1981) we derive the methodical-empirical consequence that the processes of producing these communicative means (e.g. in the exchange of greetings) can be traced via technical fixation (e.g. audio and videography and transcription) and can in principle be linked up for quantitative data analysis. In this way, microtemporal processes come into view which transform the relationship between micro = 'small part of the world' and micro = comprehensive (which is metaphorically and lyrically taken up with "a world in the grain of sand" (Blake 1972 [1801], p. 13)).

Theoretical-methodological focuses are Ethnomethodology (Garfinkel 1967), Conversation Analysis (Sacks, Schegloff & Jefferson 1974) and multimodal video analysis (Goodwin 2006) with computer-aided methods (Boersma & Weenink 2014; Friese 2018) from psychoanalytical (Freud 1895) and other psychodynamic perspectives (Beebe & Lachmann 2003).

The focus is on essential research findings on the complexity of social interaction in everyday life - and psychotherapy - from different perspectives (Enfield & Levinson 2006): i) culture, ii) (developmental) psychology, iii) linguistics, iv) cognition and v) evolution. How social interaction is produced methodical ans in situ will play a central role, whereby the interaction becomes evident as a multimodally distributed one, embedded in a systematic tension between individual and interaction.

Research Focus

Currently I am a research associate in the field of social psychology and am mainly interested in research on psychotherapeutic interaction, which is also the subject of my dissertation on "recurrent psychotherapeutic interaction strategies". With a linguistic focus and several psychotherapy data corpuses, I investigate how something new (e.g. in dealing with problematic experiences) is produced and processed in psychotherapy.

So far I have actively participated in the following research projects:

08/2012 – 07/2013 Student mentor in the research project “fostering the parent-child relationship in pre-schools - adult education/ early help and early support in one hand” (Förderung der Eltern-Kind-Beziehung in Kindergärten/ Erwachsenenbildung, frühe Hilfen und Frühförderung)

06/2014 – 02/2015 Student assistant in the research project “ Aporia of perfection in the accelerated modern age“ (Aporien der Perfektionisierung in der beschleunigten Moderne)

01/2015-12/2015 Student assistant in the research project „Conversation Analysis of Empathy in Psychotherapy Process Research (CEMPP)”)

01/2015-01/2017 Research assistant in the research project “Conversational Aspects of the Unconscious“ (Konversationelle Aspekte des Unbewussten)

04/2016-04/2017 Berlin Research associate of a supplementary study on the CEMPP Project on Typical Problematic Situations

07/2016 – 07/2018 Research assistant in the research project of the “interdisciplinary competence network Conversational research (PICOR)”

Further Info

Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. during the lecture period (previous registration by e-mail requested).

"The appearance does not hide the being, it reveals it: it is the being. The being of an existing is no longer an ability stuck in the cavity of that existing, it is the manifest law that guides the succession of its appearances, it is the rule [raison] of the series." (Sartre, 1943/1993, S. 11)