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The 2021 Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education

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November 5 – 7, 2021

The ACMHE conference is a biennial interdisciplinary forum for all aspects of scholarship and research on contemplative approaches in higher education.

The ACMHE conferences share how contemplative practices, including but by no means limited to mindfulness practices, can support and sustain learning communities that engage multiple ways of knowing and foster a more just, inclusive, sustainable, and compassionate world. In academia, this can function as a form of radical well-being, as contemplative approaches offer means of sustaining ourselves through institutional and societal challenges. In this way, the ACMHE conferences explore the importance of self-care; emphasize the importance of expanding our sense of care itself; and share how this is demonstrated in the field of higher education in ways that lead to more caring, compassionate campuses and communities.

Presentations at the conference might explore topics including, but not limited to:

    • How are we creating learning environments that engage multiple perspectives, understandings, needs, and ways of knowing?
    • How can a praxis of care in the academy bolster our understanding of ourselves, our relations, the structures we live and work in, and our conditioned and learned patterns of behavior?
    • What practices, strategies, or research has been done?
    • How do these approaches promote respect, cooperation, and justice? How can that understanding lead us towards making change, if necessary, towards conditions of greater equity?
    • How do these approaches help us move through feelings of loneliness and isolation in our institutions?
    • Why is a conference such as this needed now? How do topics such as well-being and self-care, within and beyond educational institutions, speak more broadly to the tensions in today’s world?

We hope that this year’s conference will seed new connections and friendships to facilitate a community of well-being and care in academia, and that through attending, you will be supported in addressing this work in your own communities.

The ACMHE conference schedule emphasizes presentations led by scholars, researchers, and practitioners across campus departments, including students and student groups. We encourage presenters to use the conference as a place to ask and hold questions that may not yet have answers, and to thoughtfully assess their own ability to skillfully facilitate energetic discussion on these topics during their session. We are particularly interested in:

    • presenters who model contemplative pedagogies and approaches in how they conduct their sessions;
    • proposals that identify the specific context in which the work is situated (e.g., academic disciplines, contemplative disciplines, students’ social identities and demographics, institutional history and location, etc.);
    • presentations which offer practical, experience-based recommendations for developing and integrating contemplative approaches in higher education.

The 2021 Call for Proposals will be available in Summer 2021.

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