JCS Blog

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JCS Blog

The JCS Blog is an online community forum for news and discussion about the journal and topics related to Contemplative Studies. Posts are brief communications in the form of JCS highlights, community news, research notes, commentary or opinion pieces, new book announcements, and conference or workshop reports.

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Generative Contemplation Symposium: University of Virginia, April 20-21, 2023

Generative Contemplation Symposium: University of Virginia, April 20-21, 2023

On Thursday April 20th and Friday April 21st, 2023, the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia is hosting the Generative Contemplation Symposium, an interdisciplinary dialogue on the art and science of effortless and self-emergence contemplative practices. Register here for the full two-day symposium, including a private screening of the documentary film, Tukdam: Between…

SPECIAL ISSUE #1: Psychedelics, Contemplation, and Religion

SPECIAL ISSUE #1: Psychedelics, Contemplation, and Religion

The editors are delighted to announce a forthcoming Special Issue dedicated to the intersections of psychedelics, contemplation, and religion by guest editors Daniel A. Hirshberg and Stuart Ray Sarbacker: Psychedelics are now enjoying a resurgence of both popular and scientific interest due to the rigorous documentation of their therapeutic potential. While psychedelics induce short-term alterations…

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: Journal of Contemplative Studies

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: Journal of Contemplative Studies

On behalf of the Executive Board, we are thrilled to announce that the Journal of Contemplative Studies (JCS) is open for submissions. The Journal of Contemplative Studies is a peer-reviewed, open access digital journal published by the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia. The journal publishes original research and scholarship on topics related…

ISCR Inaugural Conference: February 2-5, 2023

ISCR Inaugural Conference: February 2-5, 2023

The inaugural conference of the International Society for Contemplative Research (ISCR) will be held on the campus of the University of California, San Diego during February 2-5, 2023. Over the past few decades, as the awareness of the transformative potential of contemplative practices has grown in our cultures, many people have been working in separate…

Contemplative Studies Panels at AAR Conference: November 19-22, 2022

Contemplative Studies Panels at AAR Conference: November 19-22, 2022

The Contemplative Studies Unit at the American Academy of Religion is sponsoring three panels at the annual conference in Denver, CO from November 19-22, 2022: Engaging The Soul of Higher Education: Contemplative Pedagogy, Research, and Institutional Life for the Twenty-first Century (Information Age Publishing, 2019) . Christian Spirituality Unit and Contemplative Studies Unit. Saturday, 12:30-2:30….

Contemplative Studies Book Series at the University of Virginia Press

Contemplative Studies Book Series at the University of Virginia Press

The University of Virginia Press is pleased to announce a new series that seeks to publish innovative research, learning, and engagement in Contemplative Studies. The Contemplative Studies series is a peer-reviewed book series that publishes leading research, learning, and engagement related to contemplation across the humanities as well as transdisciplinary scholarship with a humanistic core….