Call for Papers
This conference seeks to foster an interdisciplinary exchange between anthropologists, sociologists, historians, indologists, scholars of religion, philosophers, philologists and linguists. And, also, yoga practitioners and members of the general public interested in attending.
The intention is to facilitate a leisurely and collegial two-day interdisciplinary conference, which is thematically anchored around the broad theme of yoga as movement, particularly in relation to the imaginative consumption of tourism and pilgrimage within the multi-trillion-dollar global wellness industry (which defines wellness as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being).
Building upon a 'serious leisure perspective' (SLP), participants are free to discuss how movement can be understood as that which occurs on and off the yoga mat. This includes the imaginative movement that occurs in meditation, the physical movement to and within one’s local yoga studio, or travel to exotic, distant lands. Aspects of which are inherent in the creation and consumption yoga-inflected lifestyles.
We will also explore how the subjective, embodied experience of the yoga practitioner is mediated through internal movements of aspiration, expectation, and imagination. This includes textual-historical and ethnographic analysis of how imaginative interiorisation is used to traverse an internal sacred-scape, such as a mānasa-tīrtha (mind-passage), a process that is arguably as important as physical movement through time and space.
This development and management of imaginary landscapes, where the imagined -scape is interpolated onto a physical place, may hold more epistemological and ontological importance than the physical location one finds themselves in (See McCartney 2017).
This notion of ‘movement’ allows for the exploration of how the pursuit of self-improvement and purification may consequently produce different types of environmental and social 'pollution'; and how participation in the global yoga tribe might potentially reify both, global and local, social and economic networks and hierarchies. Thus, 'movement', also relates to cultural conflict related to the social-political issues of manipulating cultural narratives, cultural appropriation, 'white-washing', and the building of cultural nationalisms. Therefore, there is space within the conference for us to discuss the steps required to practically decolonise yoga, both from the colonial and post-colonial/neo-liberal masters.
If you would like to read more about the ideas inspiring this conference, click here.
Thank you, for your interest in this conference.
Patrick McCartney, PhD
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
The intention is to broadcast all presentations via Facebook Live and record them for future release as a podcast series, which will be free to access. As well as turn the presentations into an edited book, which will also be published through an open access publisher, we also intend to subsidise the travel expenses of students and emerging scholars who would like to attend, so that they can join us for what promises to be a stimulating and rewarding 2-days of discussions.
If you are feeling generous, and would like to help fund this event, as an individual or as a corporate sponsor, please consider visiting our YouCaring account to make a donation, or contact us directly.
Photo: Aimée-Linh McCartney
Even though the weather will be getting cooler, early November is a wonderful time of year to be in Kyoto, especially for the maple leaves, which you can eat! However, it is also a time to experience 'peak tourist'. Therefore, if you are considering attending the conference, it is advised that you start thinking about accommodation and other travel-related matters well ahead of time.
Instructions for Submitting Papers
Call for Papers Closes 10 APRIL 2018
Depending on the number of applications, It is anticipated that presentations will be 20-30 mins + 10 mins for questions. We invite individuals and research teams to submit high-quality academic papers that cogently focus on the analysis of yoga's commodification within a globalised setting. Some possible thematic signposts include:
1) The creation and/or documentation of movement, through or between, yoga-inspired -scapes
2) Ideas related to quasi-pilgrimage, in relation to the economics of desire and the politics of imagination
(eg yoga festivals, trips to India, cultural appropriation, etc)
3) The interpolation, blending or general appropriation of yoga-inspired pursuits onto already-established cultural practices (eg zazen + yoga, pilgrimage routes + yoga, beer + yoga, surfing + yoga, etc)
Please submit a 250-word abstract in English, below.
VISAS AND LETTERS OF INVITATION
Presently, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs grants VISA waivers/exemptions to approximately 62 countries with special agreements with Japan. If you are unsure of whether or not you need to apply for a short-term VISA to enter Japan in order to attend this conference, please consult this page.
If your country is not listed, then you must contact the Embassy of Japan, or the nearest Consulate of Japan in your home country to receive guidance on the application process and necessary documents. More information.
As part of the VISA application process, you may be required to submit a Letter of Invitation from the conference organising committee. We ask that you please understand and respect the process for obtaining this Letter of Invitation.
There are many websites about travelling and being in Kyoto.
1) Travelling from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto
2) Travelling from Narita Airport-Tokyo to Kyoto
3) Information about Kyoto
4) Official Travel Guide to Kyoto
5) Kyoto Guide
6) Kyoto Event Guide
7) K-Loop Bus to see all the sites in Kyoto
8) Trip Advisor Accommodation options near Doshisha University
9) AirBnB options near Doshisha University
9) Some other tourist-related suggestions - boat cruises of Lake Biwa (Japan's largest lake)
10) Kyoto Sento Guide and Onsen Guide and Cycling Kyoto's Sento map
11) Bicycle Rental Options
12) Sagano Scenic Train from 12.2) Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (need to book tickets early in Autumn) - Some pictures can be found here. Official website - good videos :-) 12.3) Fufunoyu Onsen and the 12.4) Monkey Park
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Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com - usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too.
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Buy a data-only SIM card online for collection when you arrive at Kansai International Airport (for Osaka and Kyoto) or Tokyo's Narita Airport
- Compare Japan flight prices and timings to find the best deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, get your Japan Rail Pass
- Get travel insurance for your Japan trip - book online with World Nomads
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