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Boredom Matters #1 – The ISBS Podcast

The International Society of Boredom Studies‘ podcast has been launched! Produced by ISBS, created and hosted by Annie Runkel. In the first episode, Annie Runkel speaks to the psychologist Eric Igou, the philosopher Andreas Elpidorou, the sociologist Mariusz Finkielsztein and the architecture scholar Christian Parreño to hear their take on the phenomenon of boredom and…

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The Significance and Causes of School Boredom

Introduction – boredom as an attributive feature of school institutions Most studies on students’ experiences of school clearly show that boredom is “a necessary component of schools”, inevitable attribute of school institutions (Breidenstein, 2007, 103) and that “the concept of boredom is a defining element of what students experience as ‘school work’” (Stańczyk, 2012, 36).…

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Between Pain and Pleasure: A Short History of Boredom and Boredology

Based on: Finkielsztein, M. (2018). Wstęp. Między cierpieniem a przyjemnością: krótka historia nudy i nudologii [Introduction. Between Pain and Pleasure: a Brief History of Boredom and Boredology]. Maska, 37, 8-18. Boredom is a universal human experience, or, to quote enlightenment philosopher, Helvetius, “it is a force in the universe more powerful and acting far more universally than we…

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