The Race and Yoga Research Working Group at the University of California, Berkeley will host its first annual conference Friday, April 25, 2014. The theme of the conference is “Yoga and Access: Questions of Inclusion.” It will bring together a diverse array of practitioners and scholars to examine questions about the (mis)perceptions, representations, and differential access to yoga in various communities.
We invite paper submissions that address the following:
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
Teaching yoga as an anti-oppressive and/or decolonizing practice
Creating a queer positive/body positive yoga studio space
Incorporating body diversity in teacher trainings
Fostering 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?
Papers addressing other topics relevant to the general theme of inclusion will be considered.
Please submit a 250-word abstract of your paper to conference organizers by Dec. 1st.
For more information or to submit your abstract, please contact: Tria Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sabrina Strings (email@example.com).
Sabrina Strings, Ph.D.
Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Public Health/Dept. of Sociology
University of California, Berkeley
50 University Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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