June 24-26, 2021 (Online)

4th International Interdisciplinary Boredom Conference​

#BoredomConference

ACCESS VIDEO RECORDINGS HERE

For years, the literature on boredom has been crowded with complaints about the scarcity of research on the subject, even though there is a large amount of papers and books on this phenomenon, since philosophers, theologians, sociologists, and writers have reflected on boredom for centuries. The area of cross-disciplinaryBoredom Studies has been successfully launched and continued to steadily grow over the last two decades. Whatever domain of reality boredom researchers scrutinize, boredom emerges as a significant part of our daily lives. 

In accordance with previous editions, the 4th International Interdisciplinary Boredom Conference aims to attract specialists on boredom from a wide range of disciplines to expand the knowledge we have already achieved concerning its nature, history, causes, and consequences. The goals of this encounter are to 1) gather together boredom researchers from various academic disciplines worldwide; 2) make new and develop existing connections between them; 3) create the venue for interdisciplinary boredom-oriented academic discussion; 4) promote Boredom Studies as a justified, significant, and needed domain of scientific research; and 5) establish recurrent organizational and social structures that enable further development of Boredom Studies. 

Areas of interest include:

·       Philosophy, Theology and History of Boredom

·       Psychology and Psychiatry of Boredom

·       Anthropology and Sociology of Boredom

·       Animal Boredom

·       Boredom in Literature and Art

·       Boredom in Education and Pedagogy

Organizers: Dr. Josefa Ros Velasco (RCC at Harvard – Complutense University of Madrid Postdoctoral Fellow), Dr. Mariusz Finkielsztein (Institute of Sociology, Collegium Civitas, Poland), Prof. Dr. José Luis Villacañas Berlanga (Complutense University of Madrid), Prof. Dr. Antonio Rivera García (Complutense University of Madrid), Prof. Dr. Nuria Sánchez Madrid (Complutense University of Madrid).

https://www.facebook.com/boredomconference/ 

See call for papers here

Conference Program

Access: https://meet.google.com/qiq-vibg-upw

24th June

10:00-10:30 INAUGURATION

Mariusz Finkielsztein
(Collegium Civitas, Poland)

Josefa Ros Velasco
(Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)

José Luis Villacañas Berlanga
(Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)

10:30-12:00 PHILOSOPHY PANEL I

Ernesto Baltar García-Peñuela
(Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)
Technique and boredom: a comparison between Heidegger and Benjamin

Mandel Cabrera
(Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea) 
Boredom as Wonder by Other Means in Heidegger

Beatrice Beccari
(University of Ferrara and PUCPR, Italy/Brazil)
Contra Naturam. A short Study into Leopardi and Schopenhauer’s Meditations 

BREAK

16:40-18:40 PSYCHOLOGY PANEL II

John Eastwood
(York University, Canada) 
Self-focused but lacking self-insight: The relationship between boredom and self-consciousness

Annie Runkel
(University of Dundee, UK)
Boredom and Creative Constraints

Anna Pochmara & Łukasz Muniowski
(University of Warsaw, Poland)
Excessive Stimulation, Loss of Meaning, and Boredom in Sam Levinson’s Euphoria

25th June

10:30-12:00 PEDAGOGY PANEL 

Anke Zeißig
(Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany)
Boredom and Creativity – Contrast or connection?

Keith Walker
(The University of Liverpool, UK)
The Social Construction of Contemporary Classroom Boredom

Boutheina Boukhalfa
(Kasdi Merah University, Algeria)
Boredom and Creation of Meaning in Literature Classrooms

12:10-14:10 SOCIOLOGY PANEL I

João Pedro Amorim
(The Catholic University of Portugal)
Blank Screens: the Revolutionary Aesthetics of Boredom

Ricardo Gutiérrez Aguilar
(Alcalá de Henares University, Spain)
Rituals and Play. Boredom as non-productive stasis in Byung-Chul Han

Diego David Quijano López
(The National Open and Distance University, Colombia)
The world in Covid-19 times: between a disciplinary and performance society

Mariusz Finkielsztein
(Collegium Civitas, Poland)
Disdained or Psychologized: Towards the Sociological Definition of Boredom

BREAK

15:00-16:30 PHILOSOPHY PANEL II

Andreas Elpidorou
(University of Louisville, KY)
Boredom, Poverty, and Social Justice

Alex Gillham
(St. Bonaventure University, NY)
Toward an Epicurean Mechanics of (Painful) Boredom

16:40-18:40 SOCIOLOGY PANEL II

Michael Gardiner
(Western University, Canada)
Make the Holocene great again! Or, why is climate change boring?

Brendan Regan
(Western Michigan University)
Queer Boredom

Izabela Wagner
(Collegium Civitas, Poland)
“Strategic Boredom”: The Experience and Dynamics of Boredom in Refugee Camp

26th June

13:00-14:00 MISCENALEOUS PANEL 

Marta KoronkiewiczPaweł Kaczmarski
(University of Wrocław, Poland)
Beyond Busywork. Boredom in Contemporary Games

Todd Simmons
(New York University)
Dr. Levick and his hooligan penguins

BREAK

15:00-16:00 ARCHITECTURE PANEL 

Abel Franco
(California State University, Northridge)
Aesthetic Boredom: The Case of Architecture

Christian Rafael Parreño Roldán
(San Francisco de Quito University, Ecuador)
Boredom, Suicide and the Architecture of 1 Poultry Street, London

16:10-17:20 OPEN DISCUSSION

17:30-18:30 ISBS PRESENTATION