Embodied Social Change and Healing Justice
Virtual Community


Community co-chairs:

  • Zahra Ahmed (Saint Mary’s College of California)
  • Anita Chari (University of Oregon)
  • James Rowe (University of Victoria)

Contact information:

James Rowe: jkrowe@uvic.ca

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Community focus and purpose:

Our community will focus on the connections between contemplative practice and political work, exploring the interrelation and interdependence between “inner work” and “outer work,” between meditative practice, for example, and social justice activism. Our community centers around the “healing justice” scholarship and activism, which explores how body work and contemplative practice can be a vital part of surviving in, and working against, the racist, patriarchal and exploitative structures of our world. There will also be considerable room in our community for scholarship that explores the ways in which “mindfulness” discourse has been mobilized to perpetuate dominative systems (in policing, prisons, and corporations for example).

Types of events planned:

Our community events have centered around mini-conferences, author-meets-reader panels, reading groups, teaching workshops, and meditative retreats.

How to join this virtual community:

Regular WPSA membership dues include participation in the Virtual Communities program along with discounted registration fees to WPSA’s in-person conference, subscriptions to its two journals, and eligibility to participate in all other WPSA activities. For scholars and students who are interested in participating only in the Virtual Communities, WPSA offers a limited membership that does not include any other benefits. We encourage everyone who can to join WPSA as a full member to help sustain the Association.

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