International Symposium International Symposium
International Symposium


28. January 2022 | 10:00 am

Programme "Suizid – Let's talk about it!"

The symposium will be online.
Language: German and English

International symposium

Suizid – Let's talk about it!

"Suizid – Let's talk about it!" is the title and the mission of the current special exhibition and accompanying program at the Museum for Sepulchral Culture. In the weeks and months since the opening on September 10, 2021, numerous visitors have been able to experience the exhibition and events. Together with experts and artists, they have filled the prevailing shameful and fearful silence in society around suicide and suicidal experiences with open conversations, lectures and readings.

We would like to invite you to join us in reviewing the exchange of experiences and knowledge of the past months and to dare to look into the future. We would like to discuss with you how we can continue to live together and meet people or be among those who are entitled to support and openness, for example, through suicidality or experiences of loss after a suicide.

To this end, the symposium in cooperation with the University of Kassel will focus on different topics in three panels: "Suicide", "Relatives" and "Society". These topics will be accompanied by lectures of international scientists and panelists from different professional groups and voluntary work. The audience is invited not only to be an audience, but also to be an interlocutor and to actively participate in all the discussions of the day.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have decided to hold the symposium online. However, besides the disadvantages of a lack of physical presence, the virtual format offers the opportunity to provide access to a more numerous and international audience.

We look forward to welcoming numerous guests!


During the breaks you can spend time with us and the other guests in a break room. The room remains open throughout the day.
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Exhibition Visit

The exhibition "Suizid – Let's talk about it!" can be visited virtually! We have scanned it completely in 3D and embedded it >>here. Maybe a good break activity?


Participation in the symposium is free of charge. Registration is recquired. And for late diciders here the >> access link.


Museum für Sepulkralkultur

Telefon: 0561 / 918 93 15

Fax: 0561 / 918 93 10

Weinbergstraße 25-27
34117 Kassel

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The event will be recorded!

If you do not want to be seen or heard on the recording later, please send an email to or write a message to the host in the chat during the event. Your contribution will then be edited out.


Der Livestream des Symposiums läuft über Zoom. Bitte installieren Sie sich dafür die aktuelle Version der kostenlosen Videokonfernzsoftware auf Ihrem Endgerät oder aktualisieren Sie eine bestehende Installation, sofern ein Update zur Verfügung steht.

Zur Partizipation am Symposium müssen Sie sich kein Konto bei Zoom einrichten!

Erfahrungsgemäß stehen Ihnen über die Version im Browser nicht alle Funktionen zur Verfügung, sodass wir eine Installation des Clients empfehlen. Zudem empfehlen wir die Nutzung eines Notebooks oder Computers statt eines kleinen Tablets oder gar Smartphones.

Bei Betreten der Videokonferenz ist Ihr Mikrofon automatisch stumm geschaltet. Wenn Sie sich zu Wort melden möchten, können Sie Ihr Mikrofon einschalten. Es gibt zudem die Möglichkeit des „Handhebens“ (unter „Reaktionen“ im unteren Bereich des Bildschirms).

Ihre Kamera können Sie je nach Belieben ein- oder ausschalten. Wenn Sie sich zu Wort melden, freuen wir uns natürlich, Ihr Gesicht zu sehen.

Sollte der Stream bei Ihnen ruckeln, ist es immer eine gute Idee, die eigene Kamera auszuschalten, um die Datenrate Ihres Endgeräts zu minimieren.

Für technische Rückfragen bei Problemen während der Veranstaltung steht Ihnen Dominik Scharf ( zur Verfügung. Bitte nutzen Sie den Chat nur für inhaltliche Nachfragen.




28. January 2022

10:00 am

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Lindner, University of Kassel


10:10 am

Prof. Dr. Mechthild Bereswill, University of Kassel
Eva Claudia Scholtz, Hessian Cultural Foundation


10:30 am

Dr. Dirk Pörschmann, Tatjana Ahle, Museum for Sepulchral Culture



Panel 1: Relatives

11:00 am

Keynote Lecture
Annette Erlangsen: Suicidality and suicide. The burden of relatives
***lecture and discussion will be held in English and German***


11:45 am


During the breaks you can exchange ideas in our break room!


12:00 pm

Impulse and Conversation
Martha Wahl
AGUS e. V. (Relatives around suicide)



12:45 pm

Lunch break
During the breaks you can exchange ideas in our break room!


Panel 2: Suicide

1:30 pm

Keynote Lecture
Dr. Mark J. Goldblatt: The interpersonal and intrapsychic dynamics of suicidality
***lecture and discussion will be held in English***


2:15 pm

Impulse and Conversation
Salome Möhrer-Nolte
TelefonSeelsorge Nordhessen e. V.


3:00 pm

Coffee Break

During the breaks you can exchange ideas in our break room!


Panel 3: Society

3:30 pm

Keynote Lecture
Prof. em. Dr. Thomas Macho: Last Help? On the Cultural Studies Examination of Suicide


4:15 pm

Impulse and Conversation
Maria Jaschick, Mohamed Lemine Sidi Aly El Hachmi
Psychosocial Center for Refugees North Hesse e.V.


5:00 pm

Outlook and Conclusion


Keynote Speakers

Anette Erlangsen

Annette Erlangsen, PhD (b. 1969) is Associate Professor and Program Director at the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention (DRISP) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mark Goldblatt

Mark J. Goldblatt, M.D. (b. 1955) is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Thomas Macho

Prof. emeritus Dr. Thomas Macho (b. 1952) is a cultural scientist and philosopher and Director of the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna, Austria.


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Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.

Zentralinstitut für Sepulkralkultur

Museum für Sepulkralkultur

Weinbergstraße 25–27
D-34117 Kassel | Germany
Tel. +49 (0)561 918 93-0

Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
Kassel Documenta Stadt
Deutsche Bischofskonferenz