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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Exhibit Hall Listing and Map (PDF)

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Annual Meeting At-A-Glance (PDF)

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Yoga in Theory and Practice Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit 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 Unit 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 Unit.

Call for Papers: 

● Digital Yoga, Anya Foxen; -
This panel will consider the space of Digital Religion and Yoga. Yoga in different religions and modern postural yoga will be explored.

● Selfhood and Liberation in Tantra and Yoga, Ben Williams;
This panel looks diachronically at shifting models of self, and corresponding notions of personhood, as articulated in classical yoga, its antecedents, tantric traditions, haṭha yoga, and influential modern interpreters of classical yoga, such as Vivekānanda. A central focus of the panel will be considering how each model of self informs and animates distinctive modes of liberation in premodern yogic and tantric traditions, and also examining implicit notions of subjectivity that lend themselves to the ambiguous concept of "self-realization" found in modern Hindu-based discourse.

● Consumption for Transcendence: Foodways, Diet, and Drugs in Contemporary Yoga Practice, Christopher Miller; -
This panel will consider the ways in which the consumption of food and/or drugs intersect with somatic logics in contemporary transnational yoga practice. Both recent historical and ethnographic studies this will be considered.

● Yoga and Gender, Patricia Sauthoff; -
This panel seeks to open a discussion about approaches of gender in the study of yoga by examining the gendered experiences of both practitioners and scholars of yoga.

● Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools: Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion, Candy Gunther Brown; -\
Critical responses to Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools: Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion? by Candy Gunther Brown, forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press, 2019

● Contemporary Yoga and Sacred Texts, Caroline;

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