SESSIONS

We are interested in every subject concerning boredom and related states. We will appreciate either theoretical reflections or empirical projects, either advanced studies or early stage conceptualizations, either “hard” science or studies on the edge of scientific anecdote. We also gladly welcome proposals on methodology of studies on boredom.

We propose twelve sessions on boredom. In table we put our general ideas about subject area of each panel. These are just general suggestions so we are open to any new ideas. If your idea does not seem to fit to none of our sessions we strongly encourage you not to give up and send your proposal to the Open Session.

(1) PRINCIPLES OF BOREDOM

definitions of boredom; boredom in language(s); general boredom issues

(2) PHILOSOPHY OF BOREDOM

philosophers about boredom; ontology and epistemology of boredom; nature of boredom

(3) HISTORY OF BOREDOM

boredom through the ages – ancient boredom, acedia, melancolie, ennui, spleen and other states related somehow to boredom;  evolution of boredom discourse; boring history, boredom in history

(4) BOREDOM IN CULTURE

boredom in arts – painting, sculpture, film, theatre, street art, comics etc.; boredom in pop culture

(5) LITERATURE OF BOREDOM

boredom in the world literature – topos of boredom and related states in literature of all epoches; bored writers and their conceptualizations of boredom

(6) PSYCHOLOGY OF BOREDOM

results of researches on boredom in psychology, neurobiology etc.; new research tools, theories of boredom and its influence on practice

(7) SCHOOL AND ACADEMIC BOREDOM

children’s boredom; boredom at school; boredom in academic milieu; student’s and scientist’s boredom – inside or outside a lecture room

(8) ANTHROPOLOGY AND ETHNOGRAPHY OF BOREDOM

bored natives; bored ethnographers; boring ethnography; boredom in native societies nowadays and in history of humankind

(9) SOCIOLOGY AND BOREDOM

boredom in the sociological theory and practice; old and new research projects on boredom and connected phenomena

(10) BOREDOM IN LIQUID MODERNITY

the main characteristics of post-modern boredom, changes in its perception; place of boredom in post-modern world and everyday life; epidemic of boredom – mal du XXI siecle?

(11) RELIGIOUS BOREDOM

boredom of religions’ rituals, theology of boredom, boredom in religious thought, boredom as a sin

(12) MILITARY BOREDOM

boredom on war, soldier’s boredom, la cafard, war apathy; old and new examples of military boredom

(13) OPEN SESSION

anything that was not mentioned above concerning boredom and related states; boredom of  space; boredom and weather; boredom and moments of vision in labs; apathy of electrons; feel free to be scientifically imaginative