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Friday, November 8 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Contemplative practices: Holistic, other-regarding, and critical reflexivity to counter dehumanizing institutions

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Educational institutions can be dehumanizing spaces where people suffer greatly. Administration, faculty, students, and staff are all subject to varying degrees of suffering. There is however, a structural basis to this suffering that perpetuates itself due to the entrenched, unquestioned ways in which institutions operate. Contemplative practices have been appropriated by the medical/therapeutic industry as a self-help tool for bolstering wellness for the individual. This dovetails conveniently with the aims of neoliberal corporate capitalist principles by which modern educational institutions operate that pathologizes stress as an individual failure. Contemplative practices without some sort of praxis of care that includes not only oneself, but others in its conceptualization of well-being, is incomplete and potentially harmful. Contemplative practices have great potential to be engaged in a critical analysis of the structural, systemic, institutional forces and the ways in which they cause harm.


Friday November 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Table 12, CCA Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01115