Joy is a pleasant and often quite intense emotion which usually occurs within a safe and secure environment and is experienced bodily as a warm glow which emerges from the center of the body and moves upward and outward. The expansive feeling of joy is accompanied by a corresponding broadening of perception, a powerful sense of connection to others, a profound feeling of being rooted in the present moment, a sense of existential freedom, and/or the belief that the world is nurturing, life-affirming, and benevolent.
B.D. Robbins, “Joy,” The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology
- The theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote, “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” Hence we welcome submissions related to information phenomena within religious or spiritual contexts, potentially extending Kari’s (2007) framework of spiritual information.
- The definition above contends that joy is “experienced bodily as a warm glow…”. Thereby, studies of embodied or corporeal information phenomena are appropriate, especially as pertaining to experiences known to be joyful, such as music, dance, sex, leisure, or nature.
- Laughter is a universal way to express joy. So, papers that examine the information dimension of humor, play, and creativity are on-point. Following in the footsteps of Bates’ Nevertheless, spoofs and other unconventional genres will be considered, providing they make substantive and scholarly contributions to the theme.
- Mother Teresa said, “Where there is love, there is joy.” It follows that information research into loving contexts, such as the family or friendship, would fortify this special issue, given that such realms are overlooked in LIS scholarship.