Yoga nerds unite! I was thrilled to discover that University of California, Berkeley will host a conference on the theme of “Yoga and Access: Questions of Inclusion” on Friday, April 25, 2014. They’ve put out a call for papers, with a December 1, 2013 deadline.
The conference is hosted by UC Berkeley’s Race and Yoga Research Working Group, which I can’t even believe exists! Apparently this working group examines “the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, and age in relation to the practice of yoga and other mind-body disciplines. In addition to viewing yoga through the lens of intersectionality and Women of Color / Third World Feminism, this group will focus on somatic theories and explore the curriculum, pedagogy, and praxis of yoga programs.” So glad that smart people in California are thinking about this stuff.
If you’re a smart person who writes academic stuff about yoga, submit your proposal! They invite submissions that cover:
- History of Yoga in the U.S. (i.e. who has access and why?)
- Yoga in Communities of Color
- Cultural Appropriation and Yoga (e.g. of cultural symbols)
- Incarceration and Yoga
- Whiteness and Yoga
- How to teach yoga as an anti-oppressive and/or decolonizing practice?
- How to create a queer positive/body positive yoga studio space?
- How to incorporate body diversity in teacher trainings?
- How to foster an inclusive environment for teaching and practicing yoga?
- Yoga for Holistic Health
- Community wellness (potential for intervention in marginalized communities)
- Yoga for professional communities/organizations
- Yoga for Exercise, Sport, and Competition? Competing perspectives
For details about how to submit your paper, check out the UC Berkeley website. The deadline is December 1, 2013!
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