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”

Presentations from The Boredom Conference now available!

The 4th edition of Boredom Conference has ended. Yet, all presentations are now available to watch on YouTube channel of The International Society of Boredom Studies. Below the presentation of Mariusz Finkielsztein “Disdained or Psychologized: Towards the Sociological Definition of Boredom.” Enjoy watching!

Are the times of blissful laziness or unbearable boredom coming? Boredom, work and free time

Transcription and translation of the Rozmowy Równoległe Podcast. My guest is dr Mariusz Finkielsztein, a sociologist and ‘boredologist’ from Collegium Civitas. Let’s start our conversation with what boredom is and where it comes from? It is commonly believed that boredom occurs when we have too much free time and do not know what to doContinue reading “Are the times of blissful laziness or unbearable boredom coming? Boredom, work and free time”