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Mareike Smolka

Research fellow and tutor at Maastricht University: When completing my Research Master in Cultures[...]


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Research fellow and tutor at Maastricht University: When completing my Research Master in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology Studies at Maastricht University, I became fascinated by meditation as an object of study in the neurosciences. Trained as an ethnographer, I am intrigued by how scientists make sense of their research activity, especially when focusing on the investigation of practices that have evolved in another cultural and social context, such as Buddhist meditation. I approach the study of meditation from two angles; both as an active practitioner of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Satya Narayan Goenka and as a social scientist interviewing researchers and visiting sites of neuroscientific meditation research.

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  • Faculty of Humanities and Sciences - University of Maastricht
    Bouillonstraat 8-10, NL-6211 LN Maastricht, The Netherlands
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