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Overcoming Psychic Debilitation

Models of Wellbeing in the Heritage Traditions

University of Warwick 27 April 2019

A Workshop Organised by CCRG


Young people across the world are currently experiencing unprecedented rates of mental illness and incapacitation attributable in no small way to neoliberal regimes of bio-politics which penetrate into the deepest layers of the self/mind.

Once trapped within a system that demands constant self-optimization according to the standards of the majoritarian order, peoples’ lives have become increasingly debilitated through depression and related psychic illnesses, and dependent on a model of mental health that primarily serves the agendas of drug companies and conventional medicine.

This is the second in a series of workshops bringing together scholars and practitioners to explore alternative models of treatment and well being arising from ‘heritage knowledge systems’.

Heritage systems of knowledge and healing refer to venerable traditions of spirituality which inherit and transmit images of thought capable of challenging the kind of world views that have given rise to the “bio-politics of debilitation” which maims young and old alike.

The workshop has two interlinked objectives. On the one hand presenters will examine limitations of current models of mental health and the kind of interventions being offered particularly in view of the burgeoning current crisis of debilitation in young people. On the other hand presenters are invited to present and explore ‘heritage’ knowledge systems drawn from Buddhist, Judaic, Hindu, Christian, Sikh, indigenous and other traditions capable of providing interventions designed for cultivating wellness and re-capacitating bodies and minds subject to debilitation. Presenters will be expected to link these two objectives according to their research perspectives.

By looking at experiential needs and development of spiritual techniques, the workshop will try to address the “mental” needs of those most vulnerable to contemporary neoliberal regimes.

Limited places – Cost per delegate £ 95.00

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Professor Richard King

Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies
Professor King’s research explores interdisciplinary issues in the intersection between religious studies, philosophy, postcolonial studies, the comparative study of mysticism and spirituality, and the study of Asia

Associate Professor of Sikh Studies
B.Sc. Ph.D (Chemistry – Aston University, UK)
MA, Ph.D (Philosophy – University of Warwick, UK)
Philosophy/Religion/Postcolonial Theory – Sikh Studies/South Asian Studies

Arvind-Pal Mandair 

Judith Sharef

BACP ( Snr accred ); M FiP
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
MA; Cert Ed., RGN; UKCP reg;

Dav Panesar

BSc (Hons) MRSC 
MSc. Consciousness studies & Transpersonal Pyschology
Transpersonal Psychotherapist
Gurmat Psychotherapist 

Director, Dr Deepa Apté 

MBBS (India), YLA, BYV, ITEC, MICHT  medical doctor, Yoga teacher (specialising in Hatha Yoga and the Sivananda tradition) and Ayurvedic practitioner

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