The Meaning of Life: An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Abstr. due: 11.11.2019
Dates: 04.04.20 — 05.04.20
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: Progressive Connexions
We live in an age of global change, the culmination of a process that has been going on for more than two hundred and fifty years. Impressive technological, scientific and cultural achievements seem to have been accompanied by a deep erosion of the sense of meaning and the possibility of meaning. Along with economic well-being, enormous existential difficulties are revealed which are expressed in the demand for meaning. Along with the empowerment of and rights to the individual, there is an ongoing breakdown of communal life leading to loneliness and a crisis of meaning that has political and social implications.
After years of little interest, questions about the meaning of life and the forces that shape our perspectives on this issue are now receiving renewed interest in the academic, professional, practitioner, personal and other spheres. However, it seems that we are still far from understanding not only these questions and the answers to them, but also the tangible impact they have on the demands people have for meaningful life.
This conference recognises the value of interdisciplinary engagement as a basis for exploring the full range of questions about the meaning of life and the possibility of living a meaningful life. Accordingly, we invite anyone who has a research, professional, practical or personal interest in the topic to contribute to these interdisciplinary dialogues on critical issues around meaning and life with a view to forming an innovative interdisciplinary publication to engender further research and collaboration.
The conference offers a springboard for participants from diverse disciplines, professions, practices and walks of life to engage in interdisciplinary dialogues on topics that include, are not limited to:
~ spiritual/religious/philosophical perspectives: ethics, morality, faith and meaningful life (and afterlife)
~ beliefs about the meaning of life across historical periods and cultures
~ impact of suffering and fear on attitudes about the meaning of life
~ death, suicide and the limits of meaning in life
~ role of education in shaping beliefs about the meaning of life and how to live a meaningful life
~ the relationship between happiness and the meaning of life
~ strategies for finding meaning in life: activism, creativity, work-life balance, mediation, family, friends, etc.
~ health, wellness and the meaning of life
~ impact of film, television, social media, news, music, literature and the arts on meaning of life
~ the natural world and the meaning of life: nature and animals as source of meaning, impact of climate change/devastation on sense of meaning, etc.
~ best practice in occupations concerned with helping people live meaningful lives (clinicians, life coaches, therapists, clergy, ethicists, etc.)
~ material goods and the meaningful life
~ socio-political and economic influences on beliefs about life’s meaning and being able to lead a meaningful life
~ factors the limit our inclination or ability to question the meaning of life
~ relationship between cultural values and the meaning of life