Interdisciplinary Panel: Spirituality, Art History, Affect, & Cape Breton Rocks

Location: A 228

This event is part of Research Month 2019. Visit our website for a full list of events.

 

Session Chair: Catalina Belalcazar

Speakers

A Philosophy of Spirituality: New Age Nonsense? or A New Field of Enquiry?
Rod Nicholls (Humanities)

Talavera Poblana [Talavera from Puebla]: History, Production, and State of the Art
Avis Mysyk (L’nu, Political, and Social Studies)

Grief and the Workplace: Employees’ return to work after bereavement
Stephanie Gilbert (Organizational Management) & Donald MacMullen (MBA in Community Economic Development)

Cape Breton’s unique contribution to the study of the Appalachian Orogen
Deanne van Rooyen (Mathematics, Physics, and Geology)

 

Abstracts

A Philosophy of Spirituality: New Age Nonsense? or A New Field of Enquiry?
Rod Nicholls (Humanities)

For the last 50 years, increasing numbers of North Americans have self-identified as “spiritual but not religious.” Certain disciplines (sociology, most obviously) have paid serious attention to this phenomenon. That has not been the case in philosophy. True, there has been a positive interest in the concept of spirituality in several relatively restricted areas (nursing ethics, philosophy of education, for example). But the vast majority of academic philosophers have tended to exhibit one of two attitudes. Many are benignly indifferent to what they consider an outdated, irremediably vague concept. Those within the philosophy of religion (an insular but large field) usually subsume spirituality under what is assumed to be the broader concept of religion. Or they are overtly antagonistic to what is deemed New Age nonsense. I argue that it is, in fact, used in frustratingly vague ways and usually with little regard for the normative problems posed by a heavily value-laded concept. Properly clarified, however, spirituality does address core issues about the meaning of human life which cannot adequately be captured within traditional philosophical fields such as ethics, aesthetics, or philosophy of religion.

Talavera Poblana [Talavera from Puebla]: History, Production, and State of the Art
Avis Mysyk (L’nu, Political, and Social Studies)

Originating in Spain, Talavera Poblana is one of Mexico’s most prestigious pottery traditions. This paper traces its somewhat obscure history, briefly describes it elaborate production process, and discusses the present and future state of the art.

Grief and the Workplace: Employees’ return to work after bereavement
Stephanie Gilbert (Organizational Management)

In any given year, approximately 16% of the workforce experiences a personal loss (Sprague, 1984). Most grief lasts for several months and may be related to loss of a loved one, pet, relationship, or onset of chronic illness (Hazen, 2009). As such, it is likely that managers will have to cope with grief at some point in their careers; either their own or an employee’s (Hazen, 2009). More needs to be understood about the role of personal stressors such as bereavement and how they are experienced in the workplace (Kinder & Cooper, 2009). Hidden or unrecognized grief may lead to financial losses in the long-term for organizations and adversely impact the employee’s own relationships and career (Hazen, 2009). The purpose of this study is to examine the complex reality of employees’ experiences in the workplace after the loss of an immediate family member. In this presentation, I will discuss generally what we do know about return to work following bereavement, and will discuss my plan for studying this phenomenon further.

Cape Breton’s unique contribution to the study of the Appalachian Orogen
Deanne van Rooyen (Mathematics, Physics, and Geology)

“Northern Research at CBU” – New ideas for old rocks: evolution and movement of crustal blocks in the Ungava – Labrador area. This presentation will focus on new geological work in the Core Zone of the Southeastern Churchill Province, and the Hopedale and Saglek blocks of the North Atlantic Craton. These areas contain some of the oldest crustal blocks in Canada. Their interactions during the Archean and Paleoproterozoic formed mountain belts and supercontinents, and new geological work is giving us a unique window into a time period when the Earth looked very different from how we see it today. “Cape Breton’s unique contribution to the study of the Appalachian Orogen” Cape Breton rocks represent several of the major Appalachian terranes, and form a vital geographic link between areas of Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and New England. This presentation will focus on the role of that geological studies in Cape Breton have played in unraveling the history of the Appalachian orogen as a whole. Keywords: geology, rocks, pretty pictures for everyone