From Strangers to Collaborators

Evaluating the Process of Transformative Phenomenology and Contemplative Research Across Cultures


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Weekly Seminars: March 5 to May 10, 2019

Somatics Workshop & Research Symposium: May 13 to May 17, 2019

Faculty of Economy and Sociology, University of Łódź, Poland.


An Invitation to Join an International Research Project

An invitation to participate in a Research & Practice Project with Valerie Malhotra Bentz, Ph.D., Professor, Fielding Graduate University, and Krzysztof Konecki, Ph.D., Professor University of Lodz, Poland and James Maddirala, Professor University of the Virgin Islands

Valerie James KryzstofProfessors Valerie Malhotra Bentz, James Maddirala and Krzysztof Konecki

The participatory action research project is a multi-national, and multi-institutional study that includes Fielding Graduate University, the University of Łódź, and the University of the Virgin Islands. The focus of the research is on the phenomenon of being a stranger while building collaboration across cultures. The core participants will include doctoral and master’s students and colleagues from all three universities. All other interested people are invited to participate.


Weekly Seminars: March 5 to May 10, 2019

Faculty of Economy and Sociology, University of Łódź, Poland.

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Experience phenomenological writing and the foundation of somatics, phenomenology and communicative leadership in raising consciousness for social and ecological justice. Classes will be held on Friday at 3:00 PM in Room D. 311 of the Faculty of Economy and Sociology, University of Łódź, Poland. (Wydział Ekonomiczno-Socjologiczny UŁul. POW 3/5, 90-255 Łódź).

Students from three universities will collaborate online during a ten-week seminar, learning and applying Transformative Phenomenology: a somatic-hermeneutic-phenomenology put into action in the lifeworld. Students will learn about phenomenological research and practice by participating in and contributing insights into the phenomenon of “being a stranger while collaborating.”

The face-to-face and on-line seminars will culminate in a Symposium and Workshop to be held in Lodz, Poland from May 13-17, 2019. The Łódź symposium will bring together an international community of students, alumni, and researchers with an interest in contemplative social research.

Participants will continue to build a community-of-practice as they share insights into personal and collective transformative experiences through Transformative Phenomenology.


Somatics Workshop & Research Symposium: May 13 to May 17, 2019

Faculty of Economy and Sociology, University of Łódź, Poland.

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The Łódź symposium will bring together an international community with an interest in contemplative social research. Participants will continue to build a community-of-practice as they share insights into experiences of collaborating with strangers across cultures through Transformative Phenomenology.

Experience an intensive somatics workshop and research symposium. Understand the foundations of somatics, phenomenology and communicative leadership in raising consciousness for social and ecological justice.

Join a multi-national and multi-institutional participatory action research study that includes Fielding Graduate University, the University of Łódź, and the University of the Virgin Islands.

The focus of the research is on the phenomenon of being a “stranger” while building collaboration across cultures. The core participants will include doctoral and master’s students, alumni, and professors from all three universities. All other interested people are invited to participate.


Background and focus

The participatory action research project is a multi-national, and multi-institutional study that includes Fielding Graduate University, the University of Łódź, and the University of the Virgin Islands.

The focus of the research will be on the phenomenon of being a “stranger” while building collaboration across cultures. The core participants will include doctoral and master’s students and colleagues from all three universities.

The project was designed to replicate research, which highlighted ten “qualities” that graduates of Fielding obtained through the study and practice of phenomenologically-based contemplative social research (Rehorick and Bentz. 2017; Bentz and Giorgino, 2016).

The goal of the participatory action research project is to continue to build our community-of-practice through individual and collective consciousness-raising for social and ecological justice through somatics, phenomenology and communicative leadership.

 

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How to become involved in this project

Students can enroll in a course at Fielding, the University of Łódź, or the University of the Virgin Islands. For Fielding students, this can be a Knowledge Area (KA) in Spring Term, 2019, HOD 856, Writing Phenomenology.  Other Fielding courses of study, such as Qualitative Research, Praxis, Systems, Human Development etc. are also possible. Psychology students may earn credit as “research hours.”  For UVI students, current or past participation in the Communicative Leadership and Embodied Awareness (CLIC 805) course meets the academic requirement. Alumni can participate in one or more weekly on-line group calls with students taking the course, and/or by attending the Workshop and Learning Exchange in Lodz, Poland. Alumni will contribute a written statement of their experience of “being a stranger while collaborating” as part of their participation in the research. All alumni are welcomed to participate, including members of the SPCL and CMM communities, and former graduates of the UVI CLIC 805 course. All other interested people are invited to participate.

Principal Research Investigators

Principal investigators and research supervisors for this project: Valerie Bentz, Ph.D., Professor Fielding Graduate University, and Krzysztof Konecki, Ph.D., Professor University of Łódź, Poland, and James Maddirala, PhD., Associate Provost and Professor, University of the Virgin Islands, and members of the Somatics Phenomenology and Communicative Leadership Community-of-Practice.

Contact:

Professor Valerie Bentz, Fielding Graduate University – vbentz@fielding.edu

or

Professor Krzysztof Konecki, University of Łódź – krzysztof.konecki@uni.lodz.pl

or

James Marlatt, Ph.D, Research Coordinator – jmarlatt@email.fielding.edu


Resources

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Bentz, V., & Shapiro, J. (1998). Mindful inquiry in social research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Rehorick, D., & Bentz, V. (Eds.). (2008). Transformative phenomenology: Changing ourselves, lifeworlds, and professional practice. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Bentz, V., & Giorgino, V. (Eds.). (2016). Contemplative social research: Caring for self, being, and lifeworld. Santa Barbara,CA: Fielding University Press.

Rehorick, D., & Bentz, V. (Eds.). (2017). Expressions of phenomenological research: Consciousness and lifeworld studies (Vol. 10). Santa Barbara, CA: Fielding University Press.


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