I've been invited to become a part of the brand new Center for #Yoga Studies at Hamburg University in Germany. This is a great initiative to push research into yoga into the places I want to take it. It would also give me the opportunity to teach and take on some PhD students to train. The catch is... we need money. We are applying for funding, but if you'd like to donate, here is the information https://www.aai.uni-hamburg.de/en/yogastudies/foerderung.html … #philanthropy
The academic conference is scheduled to occur on 11 and 12 JULY
at Yoshida Izumidono, Kyoto University. It is located at #76 on this map.
We are also organising some conference-related events:
@ Spirit Yoga (OSAKA) between 10am-1pm of 9 July
10 July 2pm - 5pm @ Studio bindu in Kyoto
These non-academic events are for Dr Christa Kuberry and Danielle Hayes from Yoga Alliance to hold QnA sessions at local studios.
All these events will streamed live.
You might have been aware that I had an article published late last year on the Satyananda Yoga organisation in Australia and their involvement as Case Study 21 in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The paper was accepted by a journal and published without my knowledge. They never let me, even after several requests prior to and after publication actually make the necessary changes to the draft document I sent them. As a result, it included many errors. The worst one was the defamatory mistake of confusing a victim of abuse as a perpetrator. This could not go unchecked. I sent emails weekly trying to get them to either unpublish the article or allow the necessary changes. Finally, I decided to make up a story that the aggrieved individual was pursing defamation suit. This got the journal to respond almost immediately. Still, the copy editor was so unbelievably bad at their job they did not include the one most important change...this lead to two more attempts and still not all the errors were addressed by the copy editor. At one point, curious about the progress, I went to their website and realised that the file was not available. The next day, all mention of the article was erased. I wrote to the journal and received a reply that said the editors had noticed a 'few discrepancies against Indians'. They did not bother to explain these discrepancies or how they might be addressed. So, the article is now 'unpublished' for what can only be described, I suppose, as 'hate speech'. What a joke. If you want to read the article, then, it is available here, with the errors the copy editor could not accomplish solving.
On another, more successful note, one paper that we co-wrote a couple of years ago has just been accepted for publication. It is about the revival of Sanskrit as a spoken language. It looks at the historical sociological complexities and current sociolinguistic as well as political issues. It is scheduled for publication later this year in the Mentalities Journal. You can read the abstract, here.
We are off to Canada and America very soon for 3 weeks. Attending and presenting at a bunch of conferences.
The CfP deadline for the Yogascapes in Japan Conference has been extended until 01 May 2019.
The conference is 09–13 July 2019 in Japan.
Please note:The exact location has not yet been decided.
It is likely to be somewhere in Kansai or a nearby prefecture with easy train access from KIX or ITA (Kansai's 2 airports).
Here is the link with most of the information about the conference.
I look forward to hearing from you.
My latest article is now available, titled: 'Spiritual bypass and entanglement in Yogaland: How Neoliberalism, Soft Hindutva and Banal Nationalism Facilitate Yoga Fundamentalism.' It is about how knowledge can become disembedded and decontextualised, and how this can lead people to lend unwitting support to distant ideologies and social worlds through sharing in the same/similar aspirations, identities, textual sources of authority and legitimacy and practices.
I'm currently writing a book chapter related to my work on spoken Sanskrit. To complete this I have been making several maps built directly off of the raw data collected during the 2011 Indian Census. You can find the new page on the website where the maps will become available, HERE. However, you can also have a look at the map, below. Essentially, this map shows the urban 'towns' where people live who assert that Sanskrit is their 'mother tongue'. The markers in warmer colours represent the locations where higher numbers of 'speakers' live.
Here's a video we've put together from the talk I gave in Siem Reap, Cambodia in January 2019. It talks about the politics of global yoga and, in particular, it focuses on several issues related to spoken Sanskrit. It also includes an update on some of the 2011 census data related to languages in India; which was only released in late 2018.
I have added a new page to the website. It is the new home of my irregular rant, titled: Autobiography of a Bhogi. Click HERE to check it out.