The 10th Biennial International Meaning Conference takes place this year in Vancouver, Canada and will run from the 2nd of August until the 5th of August.
Since 2000, the International Meaning Conference has been the only world congress dedicated to meaning-oriented research and its applications. The conference has become a gathering place for researchers, practitioners and all who are interested in making a difference in the world through meaning, regardless of their discipline or theoretical perspective.
This year’s conference will include many pre-conference workshops and center around the theme of Courage, Faith, and Meaning: Existential Positive Psychology’s Response to Adversity while also exploring the sub-themes:
- Evolution of positive psychology and the emerging existential positive psychology or second-wave positive psychology (PP 2.0)
- Working with meaning-in-life issues in counseling, coaching, and therapy
- Research and practices to enhance meaning of work, positive management, and positive organizations
- Meaning-oriented interventions to enhance well-being and human flourishing
- Focusing on virtues such as courage, faith, meaning, and well-being in adversity or trauma
- Exploring life education or positive education 2.0 in promoting global well-being and peace
- Understanding the existential crises of terrorism, violence, pollution, opiate addiction, etc.
- Incorporating cultural differences and indigenous psychology in well-being research
- Other topics related to worldviews, beliefs, spirituality, self-transcendence, and PP 2.0
These themes are explored by some of the brightest and most distinguished speakers in the field, including:
Carol D. Ryff
Keynote: Forces Against and For Eudaimonic Well-Being
Workshop: Unpacking Educational Experience to Better Understand its Role in Lifelong Well-Being
Michael F. Steger
Keynote: Is Meaning the Same Wherever You Look? Exploring Meaning in Life, Work, Parenthood, and other Life Domains
Pre-Conference Workshop: Meaning and the Appointment in Samarra
Keynote: Understanding Optimal Functioning: The Eudaimonic Activity Model
Pre-Conference Workshop: Applying the Eudaimonic Activity Model (EAM) Research Strategy: Questions, Criticisms, and Hands-On Practice
Keynote: Gratitude and the Good Life: How Gratitude Contributes to a Meaningful Life
Pre-Conference Workshop: Exploring How Gratitude Promotes Human Flourishing and Meaning
Emmy van Deurzen
Keynote: The Search for Existential Meaning
Pre-Conference Workshop: Dream Work in Existential Therapy
Keynote: Imaginative Retelling: Reconstructing Meaning in Loss
Pre-Conference Workshop: Grief Therapy and the Reconstruction of Meaning: A Practicum
Keynote: Perceived Satisfaction in Life to Date: For Whom — of What Personality Profile Living in What Type of Nation?
Keynote: Creating Healing Communities in a Toxic Society
Pre-Conference Workshop: Opioid Crisis Workshop: The Meaning of Opioids in a World of Pain
Keynote: Mindfulness: Your Torchlight When You Seek Meaning in the Dark
Pre-Conference Workshop: An Adventure through the Best of Positive Psychology: The Integration of Mindfulness, Meaning, and Spirituality
Keynote: The Dialectics of Wellbeing
Pre-Conference Workshop: The Significance of Ambivalent Emotions
Pre-Conference Workshop: TBA
Paul T. P. Wong
Keynote: Living with Cancer: A Case for PP 2.0
The conference will take place at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Richmond, British Columbia. The hotel offers reduced rates for delegates of the conference which also includes complimentary airport shuttle bus.
Call for Papers and Student Scholarship Contest
The International Meaning Conference invite submissions related to the conference themes. You can submit your research and proposals for symposia, paper sessions, workshops, and posters. Submissions are not restricted to conference themes only. Submissions are welcomed on a wide variety of topics related to the broad domains of meaning research and applications, such as resilience, grit, addiction recovery, positive education, life and death education, and psychotherapy. Both qualitative and quantitative presentations are welcome. Cut off date is the 30th April 2018.
The student scholarship contest invites graduate students to get involved in this exciting and ongoing development of positive psychology by submitting their own papers.
For further details and all submission guidelines, please visit the conference website.
The International Meaning Conference is globally known for its quality programs and positive atmosphere of collegial open-mindedness, and exchange of provocative ideas, where traditional barriers fade in light of a shared higher purpose.
Between programs, there are many opportunities for conversation, reflection, and discussion about collaborative research with individuals whom one does not normally meet at conferences devoted to only one discipline or one approach to psychology.
Registration is open now with early bird packages available until the 1st of June.