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Call for Papers: May 2022 Yoga Conference

The Jagiellonian University Institute for the Study of Religions and the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies invite you to participate in the international academic conference: Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana: methods, migrations, mediations in Kraków from 18th-21st May 2022.

The YDYS conference is aimed at reviewing and discussing recent developments in the field of Yoga Studies. It follows on from the successful 2016 conference.

During the last five years we have witnessed an increasing amount of state-of-the-art research on yoga, employing methods from humanities, social sciences, and beyond. The application of new theories and methods to the study of yoga has been accompanied by the emergence of new research areas. Emerging areas of interest include explorations of the sociopolitical entanglements of yoga, social dynamics of yoga communities, local (especially non-anglophone) transformations of yoga, and technologies mediating the transmission of yoga.

We believe it is time once again to come together as an international community of academics to continue interdisciplinary dialogue on yoga in all of its manifestations. Together we will discuss the methods applied in yoga studies, the pathways of yoga’s migration across the globe, the social and technological factors mediating its transnational flow, as well as yoga’s role as a mediator in social relations and social change.

We plan to meet once again in the very centre of Kraków to share our research during face-to-face interactions, in a hopefully post-pandemic reality. However, we would like to make the conference accessible to those who are not able to attend in person. Please let us know if attending in person is not likely to be possible to you when you submit your abstract.

The conference will feature keynote lectures by: Amanda Lucia, University of California-Riverside; Meera Nanda, Formerly IISER Pune; Shameem Black, Australian National University.

The conference website, including a link to our submission site, and a downloadable .pdf of the call for papers, is here: