Race and Yoga Journal 5.1 (2020) Open Call + Special Cluster Theme: South Asian Voices on Yoga

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Race and Yoga
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Call for Papers: Race and Yoga Journal 5.1 (2020)

Special Cluster Theme: South Asian Voices on Yoga

Guest Editors: Arushi Singh and Lakshmi Nair


The Race and Yoga editorial board is currently seeking articles, personal narratives, and creative works for the fifth issue of the journal featuring a thematic cluster on “South Asian Voices on Yoga.”

Yoga, a practice that originated in the Indian subcontinent, now claims millions of practitioners worldwide. If for much of its history yoga enjoyed a modest following in the West, in recent years, Westerners have flocked to the practice. Despite its South Asian origins, South Asian voices are often invisibilized or obscured in mainstream yoga practice and discourse. We invite theoretical, empirical, personal, or creative work that interrogates the spread of yoga from its roots in South Asia to its recent global boom.

Possible topics may include:


Cultural Appropriation

Mantras, Mudras, and Mispronunciations

Bhakti Yoga and American Kirtan Culture

Religious Imagery and Iconography

Spiritual Bypassing


Yoga and the Politics of Hindu Fundamentalism

Yoga and Western Capitalism




Migration and Second/Third Generation South Asian Perspectives

Yoga and Fitness culture in Contemporary India

Representation of India in Yoga Spaces

International Yoga Day

Yoga Controversies

Yoga Lineages and Proliferation of Multiple Styles


Indigenous Knowledges, Branding, and Certification

Performing Authenticity, Authority and Expertise

Gurus, Lineages, “Post-Lineages”

Yoga Stewardship

Yoga and Religion

Race and Caste Privilege and Yoga “Ownership”


Yoga Tourism to South Asia

Who Teaches and Who Attends? (e.g. Race and Gender)

Transnational Capitalism

Retreats and Teacher Trainings

Visa and Immigration Issues


Movement Studies

Intersections Between Yoga and Other Movement Practices (i.e. Indian Dance/Martial Arts)

Art-based Approaches to (Re)claiming Yoga


Queer Studies

Queer Identity and Yoga Philosophy

Queer South Asian Identity and/in Yoga Spaces


Open Call

In addition to our thematic cluster amplifying “South Asian voices,” Race and Yoga invites additional submissions on any topic that align with the journal’s Aims and Scopes.


Aims and Scope

Race and Yoga is the first peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary academic journal committed to examinations of the history and practice of yoga in the West; the journal brings together critical yoga studies and critical race theory/ethnic studies to examine issues surrounding the history, racialization, sex(ualization), and inclusivity (or lack thereof) of the yoga community. Race and Yoga is published through The University of California Press’s e-scholarship division. Race and Yoga accepts original, unpublished manuscripts (no simultaneous submissions or previously published works) only.


Peer Review Policy

Race and Yoga editors vet each submission to ensure alignment with the journal’s scholarly goals. If selected, the submission is sent to two anonymous referees.


Submission Instructions

Article manuscripts should be limited to 8,000 words, including endnotes and references. Review essays should be limited to 4,000 words. Review essays may survey recently published literature, films, art exhibits, or popular culture related to the field. Papers should be left-justified and use a non-decorative font (e.g. Times New Roman). An abstract that does not to exceed 250 words should be included. For endnote and reference formatting, follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (author-date style). Papers that do not adhere to submission guidelines will be returned to the author for revision.


Personal narratives should be 2,000-3,000 words.


Upload your abstract, manuscript, and 150 word bio (as the supplementary file) to:http://escholarship.org/uc/crg_raceandyoga


Please send all inquires to raceandyoga@gmail.com


CFP link:https://escholarship.org/uc/crg_raceandyoga/callForPapers


DEADLINE: February 15, 2020