Inaugural Global Symposium: Tranquility & Well-Being (October 2014: Montreal, Canada)

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Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net

Inaugural Global Symposium: Tranquility & Well-Being

Sunday 19th October – Tuesday 21st October 2014
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Tranquillity and Well-Being is an inaugural symposium marking the launch of Tranquillity Studies – a pioneering inter- and trans-disciplinary research and publishing network that explores tranquillity as a multi-layered experience and provides a forum to explore philosophies, conceptual frames, research and practices associated with Tranquillity and its influences and effects on human beings in isolation and within natural and urban environments.

"Life is lived one breath, one smile, one heartbeat at a time"

We live in a very stressful society. We all must deal with situational stress, created by specific incidents in our home or work life. In addition trying to balance the demands of our work and our personal life often contribute to a fear of not being good enough: at our job, as a parent or partner, or even as a person – all of which may contribute to insipient stress, which is a silent killer.

If we do not take steps to find balance and achieve moments of tranquillity within our lives then the chances are we will succumb to depressions, chronic fatigue, life changing events or life threatening disease.

Each of us experiences different levels and types of stressful moments within our lives. These moments and our resilience to particular situations can be affected by finding moments of tranquillity to counterbalance the stress and return us to our equilibrium.

"Find balance in all things"

There are many approaches and practices that may be employed to help find tranquillity in the midst of chaos. This symposium will be of interest to academics, artists, healthcare professional, clergy and other individuals seeking to explore tranquillity and well being.

Submissions are sought for the following key areas of focus:

Spiritualities, Tranquillities and Well Being
•Meditations & Prayer (Christian, Buddhist, Taoist etc)
•Walking the Labyrinth
•Eastern and Western Spiritual Practice
•Life-styles, quality of life, standards of living
•Happiness and enjoyment

Body, Tranquillity and Well Being
•Stress, depression, anxiety, angst
•Artistic explorations and bodies – dance, song, theatre, sex
•Holistic Approaches to human Body
•Clothes, Costume and Fashion
•Spa Experiences

The Practices of Tranquillity and Well Being
•Contexts of health, illness, disease and well being
•Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
•Yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi and other Eastern body based approaches
•Alexander, Pilates, Feldenkrais and other Western approaches

Environments, Tranquillity and Well Being
•Therapeutic Gardens
•Feng Shui
•Architectural design
•Urban Planning, Rural Spaces
•Technology, Tranquillity and Well Being

Research, Tranquillity and Well Being
•Understanding 'tranquillity'; maps, models and methodologies
•Models of research: engaging with tranquillity
•Results, outcomes and consequences
•Tranquillity and the future

Proposals for participation may focus on these or any related areas. We are particularly keen to encourage submissions that are not subsumed within disciplines, but cut across and between disciplinary vocabularies to provide new synergies, domains and inter-disciplinary possibilities. We warmly welcome proposals which go beyond traditional paper presentations and encompass also panels, performances, interactive workshops and practitioner sessions.

All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). We anticipate establishing a specific publishing series dealing with tranquillity, along with a possible journal.

A limited number of non-presenting delegates are welcome. Full participation in the interactive sessions along with active engagement with the symposium themes and dialogues is both encouraged and expected. Instead of submitting a presentation, please send the organising chairs a brief outline of your interest in the symposium and an overview of your experience in the themes to be covered in the symposium.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 11th July 2014. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 19th September 2014. Abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: TWB Proposal Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Bernie Warren:
Rob Fisher:

The symposium is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

For further details of the conference, please visit:

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.