13 - 14 July 2016, University of Tampere
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Today, mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) are one of the most widespread and widely studied bodily skill in working life and therapy alike. In the last 35 years, international mindfulness and meditation research has focused on medical, psychological, and psychiatric aspects of their study. However, there is a dearth of diverse research perspectives on it in the humanities, social sciences and political economics (Stanley 2012; Purser 2012; Kortelainen, et al. 2014; Barker 2014; Williams 2014).
In this two-day workshop, we carry the various discussions forward and pose the following questions: How can we conceptualise contemplative practices in a manner taking into account the embodied, religious, technological, gendered, and ideological relations inherent in it? What new ideas and alternative forms of embodied training could be introduced to the currently narrow field of mindfulness research? How does people’s ‘affective’ or ‘lived body’ experience in MBIs diverge from the medical conceptions of soma and psyche found in existing discourse on MBIs? The main speakers specify, discuss, and problematize the various definitions of mindfulness.