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IMEC International Meaning Conference 2-4 July 2021

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Join IMEC International Meaning Conference London 2-4 July 2021!

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The world is in crisis! Forests are burning. Icecaps are melting. The corona virus is raging through the continents. Ec¬onomic inequality has disconnected people from each other. The extreme right dominates politics, and governments are run by populists. How can we make sense of these crises? How can we still live a meaningful life? How can young people grow up? How can we respond to this? Crash into a psychological crisis? Surrender? Lock ourselves up in a personal bubble? Or rebel? Find our own alternative niche within the chaos? Or dream about a meaningful society for all? How can we help ourselves and others with these questions?

At this third IMEC International Meaning Conference in London, we are connecting thinkers and doers from many disciplines, to create together a vision of a meaningful world for all people and nature. How can we envisage this? How can we research this? What can we do, in our daily lives, and as psychotherapists, coaches, or political activists? What could politicians do? We want to connect and learn from each other’s theoretical and practical wisdom, from different disciplines: existential philosophy and therapy, coaching, positive and phenomenological psychology, sociology, politics, history, theology, anthropology, business, HR, and art. We are researchers, practitioners in mental health care, philosophers, activists and artists. Researchers share their findings. Psychologists, sociologists and activists describe their experience. The pre-conference program offers hands-on skill workshops for therapists, researchers and activists.

This not your ordinary conference. We walk the talk, by creating meaningful connections during the conference. We have many interactive and creative forms of connecting, via lectures, workshops, debates, experiential exercises, live client demonstrations, social events... Anyone can propose a presentation, workshop or symposium, and contribute in the open spaces in the program. In the social program, there is opportunity to show your creative talent with music, poetry, art and other forms!


Amongst other strands, during the conference, there will be events (lectures, workshops, etc) around the following strands:

• Meaning & positive psychology

o E.g. research on the impact of the economic and political climate on our lives

• Critical theory, politics & education

o E.g. education, history, identity in social context, meaning at work, sociology, anthropology

• Existential therapy, coaching & counselling

o E.g. client-therapist relationship, grief therapy, meaning in HRM and pastoral care

• Empirical experiential qualitative research

o E.g Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, phenomenology, hermeneutics, narrative

• The practice of ecology, social justice & activism

o E.g. eco-anxiety, multiculturalism, political activist groups, mental health lobbyists diversity

• Creative connections

o E.g. art, poetry, music, social, mindfulness, nature

Practical details

Website: (info & registration) www.meaning.org.uk


Friday 2 July 2021 pre-conference worshops

Saturday 3 July 2021 day with lectures and parallel sessions

Sunday 4 July 2021 day with lectures and parallel sessions

Venue: TBC Central London

Social program:

Friday evening: conference welcome drink

Saturday evening: buffet & creative program

Sunday evening: post-conference drinks

Friday, Saturday, Sunday morning: mindfulness session as start of the day

About IMEC

The IMEC International Meaning Conference is a bi-annual international conference in the UK for practitioners and researchers who focus at meaning in life and at helping people to live a meaningful life despite life’s challenges (www.meaning.org.uk). The conference started in response to the successful International Meaning Conferences in Canada which are organised by the International Network for Personal Meaning and chaired by professor Paul Wong (www.meaning.ca). The focus of IMEC is on pluralistic and multidisciplinary perspectives on meaning, research and practice from anyone focusing in their work on meaning, with a strong focus on social justice (‘because everyone deserves to live a meaningful life’). The IMEC conference has one day of pre-conference workshops and two days of plenary sessions, workshops and parallel sessions. The focus is on research, practice and their connection. The first conference was hosted by the University of Roehampton in 2017, and had 100 participants from all continents after only four months of promoting. The second conference was held at Birkbeck College in London and has 150 participants from all over the world. Participants included existential, psychodynamic, Gestalt, CBT and other types of therapists, researchers in positive psychology, priests, philosophers, nurses, psychiatrists, anthropologists, sociologists, social activists and human resource managers. The evaluations for both conferences were extremely positive, suggesting keeping overall the same format. 96% of the participants said in an anonymous evaluation form that they would come again and 92% said that they would try to bring colleagues with them to a next conference; therefore, we expect approximately 150 participants in 2021.

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