Are there positive experiences which can't be expressed in English, but which there are words for in other languages? If so, what is the significance of these so-called untranslatable words? These are the questions that will be explored in this presentation, in which Tim Lomas will share the latest on his ‘positive cross-cultural lexicography’ project (see www.drtimlomas.com/lexicography for details), which aims to explore untranslatable words relating to wellbeing from across the world’s languages. These words help chart the experiential contours of wellbeing, revealing conceptual nuances that may be overlooked in English.
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Dr. Tim Lomas has been a lecturer in positive psychology at the University of East London since April 2013. Tim completed his PhD at the University of Westminster in 2012, where his thesis focused on the impact of meditation on men's mental health. Since 2013, Tim has published numerous papers and books on topics including positive psychology theory, mindfulness, Buddhism, linguistics, and gender. His work has been featured in articles in prominent publications including Scientific American, The New Yorker, and The Psychologist.
His current main area of research involves creating a lexicography of untranslatable words relating to wellbeing (please visit www.drtimlomas.com/lexicography for the latest on the project). Two books on the project are forthcoming in 2018: an academic analysis of the lexicography, entitled Translating Happiness: A Cross-Cultural Lexicon of Wellbeing, published on the 4th May by The MIT Press; and a general interest exploration of key words, entitled The Happiness Dictionary: Words from Around the World to Help Us Lead a Richer Life, published on 7 June by Piatkus.
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