Jules Evans is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, which was a Times book of the year, and policy director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He teaches philosophy at places including Arsenal FC and HMP Low Moss.
At Wilderness (August 2015)
Is There Such a Thing as Western Contemplation?
As mindfulness spreads through UK culture with all the ferocity of the grey squirrel, we explore the indigenous traditions of contemplation, and why they disappeared. We’ll look at how widespread Christian contemplation was in the Middle Ages, and the various forms it took, from pilgrimage to contemplative theatre to contemplative knitting. Then we’ll explore why the contemplative tradition was attacked and banished by government, particularly by Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII. Finally, we’ll look at how the contemplative and mystic tradition evolved and took new forms, particularly in poetry. We’ll end with some reading and discussion of poetry by Emily Dickinson and the 17th century mystic-poet Thomas Traherne.
This event was programmed in partnership with the Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary University of London.
2 Minute Interview
How do your workshops with NOW Live Events relate to being in the moment?
It’s about the history of ways people have used in English culture for living in the moment.
What are you most looking forward to doing within your NOW Live Events slot?
Introducing people to Thomas Traherne.
Any tips on how the audience can best benefit from your workshop with NOW Live Events?
Turn off your mind relax and float downstream.