[INDOLOGY] SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies: study group on yoga and gender

Ruth Westoby 235558 at soas.ac.uk
Sun Apr 14 15:29:42 UTC 2019

Dear All

The Centre of Yoga Studies at SOAS, University of London, is holding a study group on yoga and gender on Tuesdays 5-6.30pm from 23 April for five weeks. The intention is to create small interactive sessions to share research. The scheduled sessions are listed below. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to attend.

All the best


Monika Hirmer April 23
Playing (with) Devī: Praxis, māyā and ungendered femininity
Monika Hirmer is a doctoral candidate at SOAS researching ‘Becoming the Goddess: Study of a contemporary South Indian Tantric tradition and its implications for concepts of personhood, gender relations and everyday life.’
Room: G51, SOAS Main Building


Dr Daniela Bevilacqua April 30

Yoga physical practices and female asceticism in India, an historical and ethnographic overview
Daniela Bevilacqua is a postdoctoral researcher on the ERC-funded Hatḥa Yoga Project, a South-Asianist ​collecting, through fieldwork, historical evidence of yoga practice and ethnographic data among living ascetic practitioners of yoga. She conducted doctoral research on the Rāmānandī Sampradaya and was awarded a doctoral thesis from the University of Rome, Sapienza and from the University of Paris X Nanterre Ouest La Défense. Room: G51, SOAS Main Building


Amelia Wood May 7

Power and gender in yoga

Amelia Wood is researching for a doctoral thesis at SOAS on yoga, power and gender: an investigation into the abuse of power by modern gurus.

Room: TBC


Dr Suzanne Newcombe May 14

Yoga in Britain: Reinforcing or challenging traditional gender roles?

Suzanne Newcombe is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University and Research Fellow at Inform, based at King's College London. Her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge was on the popularisation of yoga and Āyurvedic medicine in Britain. She is currently working on the ERC-funded project AYURYOG ‘Medicine, Immortality and Moksha: Entangled Histories of Yoga, Ayurveda and Alchemy in South Asia.’

Room: TBC


Sandra Sattler May 21

With hollow eyes and skull garlands: Fierce goddess imagery in purāṇic literature
Sandra Sattler is conducting doctoral research on the iconography of fierce goddesses in Hinduism. She is tracing the development of these terrifying deities, who are most popularly known as Cāmuṇḍā or Kālī, by analysing selected Purāṇas and art historical material. Room: TBC. 

Ruth Westoby
Doctoral Researcher South Asia
SOAS University of London

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