|Yoga in Theory and Practice|
Call for Proposals
This Group seeks individual paper, papers session, or roundtable proposals on the topic of Yoga in theory and practice from a variety of perspectives, including sociology, anthropology, history of religions, philosophy and theology, and cultural studies. Suggested topics include:
You are encouraged to contact the co-Chairs for more information about the suggested topics and to suggest other possible topics. We prefer complete session submissions rather than individual paper proposals whenever possible.
This Group seeks to elucidate the religious and sectarian representations of yoga in South Asian history and the profoundly fascinating contemporary yoga culture that has emerged in the past century. Among other topics that are addressed in our Group is the emergence of modern yoga out of the encounter between Indian and European cultures in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In connection with this, it examines the relative pervasiveness of spiritual and religious ideologies in manifest or latent forms within the contemporary yoga scene, and the overarching sociological relevance of yoga within global culture. We also examine changing paradigms with respect to the nature and function of yoga in the larger South Asian religious context. Our goal is to provide a venue in which the body of scholars working in this area can collectively evaluate this extremely timely material. We actively pursue scholars from Europe, Asia, and other areas that have worked at length on these issues, so as to bring an important international component to the Group.
Anonymity of Review Process
Proposer names are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee members until after final acceptance or rejection.
Andrew J. Nicholson
Method of Submission