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Workshop ‘Comfortable with Uncertainty: Academia in Coronavirus Times’ by Anna Tijsseling – 23 April 2020

Comfortable with Uncertainty: Academia in Coronavirus Times – a workshop by Anna Thomas Tijsseling, 23 April 2020, 11.00 – 15.30


Venue: Online
Open to: PhD candidates and ReMA students who are a member of the Huizinga Institute
Credits: 1 ECTS
Coordination: PhD/ReMa-Council
Maximum no. of participants: 15
Language: English
Registration: register here. 


Are you able to carry these Corona times? Or, are you enduring them? (In Dutch: ben je deze tijd aan het dragen of verdragen?). Are you able to breathe? Or are you actually… holding your breath, waiting for a signal that will tell you when it is safe again to breathe in and out generously, just where you are? This workshop helps you to slow down, connect with yourself empathically and take stock of what it takes for you to start carrying this situation, to find out what it takes for you to get comfortable with uncertainty.


References & literature (will be provided)



11.00 – 12.30 Where is Your Breath? Empathically Observing and Connecting with the Three Basic Positions Attached, Detached and the Open Middle

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30 Taking Stock & Figuring out How to Choose the Open Middle (A Hundred Times per Day)


This workshop addresses the theme of being comfortable with uncertainty through different work forms. Brief bits of theory will be alternated with exercises and assignments. We will work with metaphors, stories and the casuistry offered by the participants. Participants are expected to be capable and willing to share their personal experiences and to be both willing and prepared to reflect upon their own parts in their experiences.