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 weContinue reading “Between Pain and Pleasure: A Short History of Boredom and Boredology”

Boredom and Disgust: Oversatiation, Ennui and Disgust for Life

Based on: Finkielsztein, M. (2016). Nuda a wstręt. Przesyt, ennui i wstręt do życia [Boredom and Disgust: Oversatiation, Ennui and Disgust for Life]. Stan Rzeczy, 11(2), 61-73. https://doi.org/10.51196/srz.11.4 Boredom and disgust are closely related emotions. This thesis, at first glance, may seem rather bold, but there are many convincing arguments for its validity. These can be found in theContinue reading “Boredom and Disgust: Oversatiation, Ennui and Disgust for Life”

Early-Career Teachers and Chronic Boredom

Based on: Finkielsztein, M. (2021). From Passionate Engagement to Chronic Boredom in Polish Academia: An Overview of Early-Career Motivation and Systemic Contributory Factors. In: J. Crutchley, Z. Nahaboo & N. Rao (Eds.), Early Career Teachers: International Narratives of Transitions within Higher Education (pp. 121, 123-125). London: Bloomsbury. Pedagogical Predicaments Teachers often find themselves having to participate inContinue reading “Early-Career Teachers and Chronic Boredom”

BOREDOM AND ACADEMIC WORK

Based on: Finkielsztein, M. (2021). Boredom and Academic Work. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 2-6. [preview at Google Books] There is rather little doubt that people experience boredom, especially at work. According to Walter Benjamin, who summarized Émile Tardieu’s (1913) book on the subject, ‘all human activity is shown to be a vain attemptContinue reading “BOREDOM AND ACADEMIC WORK”

Boredom Coping Strategies among University Students

Based on: Finkielsztein, M. (2020). Class-Related Boredom among University Students: A Qualitative Research on Boredom Coping Strategies. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 44(8), 1098-1113. Many of us certainly experienced many boring moments during our university studies though we may not be able to recollect all those moments as boredom is an experience without qualities that frequentlyContinue reading “Boredom Coping Strategies among University Students”

BOREDOM AND LAZINESS, SLOTH AND ACEDIA

Based on Finkielsztein, M. (2018). Nuda a lenistwo, gnuśność i acedia [Boredom and laziness, sloth, and acedia]. Maska, 37, 36-50. Of the title concepts, ‘boredom’ is by far the youngest. The toposes of sloth and laziness are as old as civilization itself, acedia is of ancient origin – while boredom, understood in a way similar to that ofContinue reading “BOREDOM AND LAZINESS, SLOTH AND ACEDIA”

Civitas on Air – Podcast on Boredom

The translation of the interview with Mariusz Finkielsztein – Civitas on Air (2021, June 14). Nuda w domu, nuda w pracy… Co robić? [Boredom at home, boredom at work… What to do?] [Podcast]. Roland Zarzycki: Today, together with my guest, Mariusz Finkielsztein, we will talk about why we all think we know what boredom is and why we areContinue reading “Civitas on Air – Podcast on Boredom”

What mindless scrolling does to you? [YouTube]

Have social media, smartphones and digital technology robbed us of the benefits of boredom? In this video, Taha from Answer in Progress explores if there is a hidden value to boredom by, well… being very bored (but not at all boring!). Turns out, he was thinking about boredom all wrong and learns that there areContinue reading “What mindless scrolling does to you? [YouTube]”

The International Society of Boredom Studies

Thanks to the initiative of dr Josefa Ros Velasco from Complutense University of Madrid The International Society of Boredom has been launched. After several years of day-dreaming (boredom?), organizational work and boredom networking, the first and only society dedicated to promote and disseminate multidisciplinary research on boredom has finally been established. Collecting the international bodyContinue reading “The International Society of Boredom Studies”

Strategic Boredom: The Case of Refugees

Our paper on the Experience and Dynamics of Boredom in Refugee Camp has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography! The issue of refugees has been covered by media in recent years exponentially, but the boredom of a refugee camp has not been analyzed yet (although mentioned frequently). The paper examines three modalities ofContinue reading “Strategic Boredom: The Case of Refugees”