The ACMHE conference is an interdisciplinary forum for all aspects of scholarship, research and discussion around contemplative approaches* in teaching and education. The 2021 conference, Resourcing, Reconnection, and Reemergence: Centering Contemplative Practices in our Work and in our Healing, will be held online, November 5-7.
This year’s ACMHE conference will focus on how contemplative practices can support and sustain learning communities that resource and enhance resilience, connection, and healthy reemergence back into a more equitable and inclusive society. Acknowledging the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the inequities and disparities created by systemic oppression, we are now faced with an even greater urgency to collectively move the societal needle of engaging with one another and the environment from health-compromising to health-enhancing, from unsustainable to sustainable, from unjust to just. This movement will be facilitated by a more compassionate understanding of the loss and grief we have experienced as individuals and communities, illumination of the resilience and wisdom that we have drawn upon, and the application of the diverse learning, healing, and transformative strategies that have emerged.
Therefore, the goals of the 2021 ACMHE conference are to explore the importance of the following areas of focus:
- radical self and community care,
- acknowledging and sitting with our experiences of loss and grief,
- emphasizing the criticality of fostering a foundation of compassion between historically disparate communities, and
- learning how to be more intentional about demonstrating these goals across all aspects of education.
Presentations at the conference might explore topics such as:
- Reconnecting with each other through contemplative conversations and deep dialogue on topics that were highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic including but not limited to anti-racism, gender equity, care-giving responsibilities, sociopolitical divides and economic disparities.
- Envisioning and offering strategies for a healthy re-entry back into education and other institutions post COVID-19 and in the COVID-19 era.
- Using contemplative practices to minimize the toxicity of the often unhealthy expectations of productivity, to transform our work into healing and empowering environments, and to enhance the resilience of our learning communities and ourselves.
- How we have integrated contemplative-oriented approaches into curriculum in response to issues related to COVID-19 impacts.
- How contemplative practices have resourced our ability to sit with our experiences of loss and grief, as well as joy and gratitude.
- How contemplative practices have assisted our development of a baseline level of compassion towards ourselves and one another.
The proposal submission deadline is August 31, 2021, at midnight PDT (-7 UTC).
Please read through the information on session types, advice, and guidelines prior to drafting and submitting your proposal: acmheconference.org/cfp/