1st Global Conference: Happiness
Abstr. due: 31.10.2014
Dates: 14.03.15 — 16.03.15
Organizing comittee e-mail: email@example.com
This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore one of the most basic and universal human desires: happiness. Aristotle spoke of happiness as the only phenomenon which is an end in itself. The nation of Bhutan has established a system that attempts to quantify happiness: the Gross National Happiness Index. Each culture and age interprets the nature of happiness differently, and every art form of every era finds different ways to express and capture it.
The conference will inquire into the place of happiness in our lives, its possible meanings, ways in which it is interpreted, promoted, articulated and shared.
This project seeks submissions that look at how our understanding of happiness reveals something about the nature of persons, the relationship between persons and their bodies, the relationship between persons and their communities, and/or the place of “spirit” in the lives of individuals.
Furthermore, we will explore how the concept of happiness is used in the fields of medicine, mental health and social welfare.
Submissions in the form of papers, presentations and pre-formed panels are invited on any of the following themes:
I. What is happiness?
-Defining “happiness.” Is it an emotion? A neurological/biochemical response?
-Is happiness unique or exclusive to human beings?
-Categories of happiness: Joy; euphoria; ecstasy; contentment; satisfaction
II. The origins of happiness
-Happiness as universal; as international; as national; as local; as particular
-Happiness and/as/in history
-The contexts and conditions of happiness
III. The meaning of happiness
-Happiness and meaning
-Happiness and language
-What is at stake when dealing with happiness?
-The “limits” of happiness
-The dangers of happiness
IV. Explaining happiness
-Happiness and explanation: can happiness really be explained?
-Theories of happiness: philosophical, anthropological, sociological, psychological, economic, physiological
V. Happiness and Practice
-Practices causing and prolonging happiness
-Happiness, hope and optimism
-Meaning, happiness and action
-Happiness and self-efficacy
VI. Happiness and Religion/Spirituality
-Happiness from the perspective of religious traditions
-Happiness and sacred texts
-Portraits of happiness
-Happiness and “redemption”
-Happiness and atheism
VII. Happiness and Well-Being
-Happiness and physical wellness
-Happiness and mental health
-Happiness and healing
VIII. Representing happiness
-Happiness and representation
-Happiness in literature
-Happiness in the media
-Happiness in tv, film, theatre and radio
-Happiness and cyberculture
The topic of happiness provides a fertile ground for the intersection of theory and praxis from a variety of disciplines. As we explore the manifold aspects of this concept, we encourage participants to think outside the limits of their own discipline, to explore the implications for practice in the theories which they represent. Our intention is to unlock the ivory tower for the benefit of all, not merely the academy.
The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.
In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Hope and/or Interculturalism and/or Happiness.
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