"Yoga Justice / Yoga Violence" Conference

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Race and Yoga Working Group

The Race and Yoga Research Working Group at the University of California, Berkeley will host its third annual conference on Friday, April 22, 2016. The theme of the conference is "Yoga Justice / Yoga Violence." Yoga can be a tool to promote social justice. Yet, it can also be used to perpetuate violence and oppression. This conference invites a diverse array of practitioners and scholars to critically examine justice and violence in yoga communities.

What is yoga justice? How is "justice" defined and by whom? How do we rethink narratives that promote justice through yoga? Conversely, what kinds of violence occur in yoga spaces? How are people responding and/or resisting forms of yoga violence?

We invite proposals for individual papers, panels, or round tables on the following topics:

Yoga Healing, Yoga Violence
"Safe" spaces
Social justice-oriented projects
Yoga Authenticity
Yoga and Gentrification
Yoga (In)Justice

Colonial Legacies/Futures
Whitewashing Yoga
Yoga and Christianity
Yoga Conversion/Spirituality
Yoga Escapism
Yoga Tourism

Queer Yoga/Queering Yoga

Yoga Sexualization
Girl Power!?
Yoga Men

Yoga Threat/Taming Yoga
Responses to POC Yoga Classes/Studios
Right Wing Backlash
Shutting Down Yoga Classes in Schools
Yoga Mysticism
Yoga Removal (e.g. K-12 schools, University of Ottawa)

Yoga Business
Corporate Yoga
Nonprofit Yoga
Yoga Commodification
Yoga Exploitation

Additionally, we are interested in proposals for somatic and/or interactive workshops that engage participants. Papers addressing other relevant topics will be considered.

Please submit a 150-word abstract to raceandyoga@gmail.com by January 15, 2016. Include the abstract in the body of your email. Notification about your submission will be sent by February 1, 2016.