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SIE #8: Contemplating Information in the Pleasurable and the Profound
11:00am - 12:30pm
Contemplating information in the pleasurable and the profound
Kiersten F. Latham, Jenna Hartel, Tim Gorichanaz, Anh Thu Nguyen
Mindfulness, meditation, atmospherics, well-being, flourishing, happiness, positivity, spirituality—all part of contemplative studies, an academic understanding of how contemplative practices are used to interpret the world. Where does contemplation fit into the digital worlds we now find all around us? Ten years ago, Kari and Hartel (2007) called for programmatic research efforts into higher contexts of information studies. Since the call, some movement forward in the sphere of positive information behavior has been made. But the link to the emerging, interdisciplinary field of contemplative studies has only briefly been mentioned. Reaching back to Kari and Hartel’s call, we wonder how contemplative practices can be applied to information environments: What can information science learn from, and contribute to, contemplative studies? What aspects of information phenomena might we explore using contemplative skills?