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‘Learning to experience’: Metacognition and romanticism in Mindfulness‐based Cognitive Therapy

Joanna Cook
Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at University College London
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 17:30

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


Dr. Cook’s current research focuses on mindfulness and mental health in the UK. Taking political and public interest in mindfulness as its ethnographic focus, this work analyses practices of ethics, well-being and self-cultivation that crosscut emerging forms of governance in contemporary British society.


Dr. Cook is the author of Meditation in Modern Buddhism: Renunciation and change in Thai monastic life (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and the co-editor of The State We’re In: Reflecting on Democracy’s Troubles (Berghan Books, 2016), Detachment: Essays on the limits of relational thinking (Manchester University Press, 2015) and Southeast Asian Perspectives on Power (Routledge, 2012). She is a Senior Research Fellow of the British Academy and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford for the current academic year.