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How does spirituality contribute to health, wellbeing and quality of life? How have the experiences and practices of therapeutic spiritualities built their legitimacy and defended their effectiveness? What is the role and significance of spirituality for health?
The panel aims to collect research responsible for developing reflections on the ties between spirituality, wellbeing and health. Considering that the spiritual dimension is part of the multidimensional concept of health, the proposal is to gather recent discussions in the social sciences regarding phenomena and themes such as: holism; alternative and complementary therapeutic practices; mystical-esoteric and New Age traditions of health care; integrality; and therapeutic pluralism. The panel will welcome analyses and descriptions of physical, mental, spiritual or religious experiences and practices that are manifested in the interfaces between medical and therapeutic beliefs and rationalities. The expectation is to gather interpretations on discourses, practices and routines of therapeutic spiritualities that are established in the global scenario as instruments for disease prevention, health promotion, well-being and quality of life.
Rodrigo Toniol (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Thaís Assis (University of São Paulo)