Mapping wellbeing: Expanding our horizons through ‘untranslatable’ words

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 updates on his Positive Cross-Cultural Lexicography project, which aims to explore untranslatable words relating to wellbeing from across the world’s languages.

Dr Tim Lomas, University of East London

Dr Tim Lomas is a lecturer and associate program leader in Positive Psychology at the University of East London. He has published 32 academic papers and six books, and also developed a one-day wellbeing workshop that was subsequently rolled out as a program for all university staff. In a previous life (not too long ago), he was a singer in a ska band, a psychiatric nursing assistant, and an English teacher in China.