Race and Yoga 7.1 (2022) - OPEN ISSUE

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Race and Yoga
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The Race and Yoga editorial board is currently seeking articles, personal narratives, interviews, book reviews, and creative works for the seventh issue of the journal. For this open theme issue, we are particularly interested in work that addresses the contemporary context and/or explores the connection between the present and the past.


Race and Yoga is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, and international academic journal committed to critical examinations of the history, politics, and practice of yoga.


Possible topics may include yoga in relationship to:


● Communities and accountability in the COVID-19 context, including but not limited to:

     ○ COVID-19 conspiracies

     ○ Studio safety, community care policies & vaccinations

● White Supremacists, Fascism, Nationalism, Settler Colonialism

● Philosophical principles in relationship to critical race and gender studies

● Philosophical principles of self in relationship to community

● Alternative health practice

● Environmental studies

● Cartesian dualism

● Santosha/Contentment in a global pandemic

● Capitalism grind/hustle culture, and the gig economy

● Labor practices

● Community building and dividing

● Inclusive/exclusive, safe/threatening spaces

● Caste hierarchies

● Practices and communities outside North America

● Yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings in India and elsewhere

● Perceptions of the practice in the body from an Indigenous and/or non-Western perspective, including but not limited to:

     ○ Sensations, somatic awareness, and parts of the body conversing

     ○ Sensory attention beyond replicating shapes

● Kinesthetic knowledge

● Non-Eurocentric epistemologies or cosmologies

● Plural selves

● Cultural appropriation/co-optation (e.g. of cultural symbols)

● Possibilities and limitations of identity politics

● The politics of representation

● Lateral oppression

● Material and structural resistance

● Social Justice and Transformative Justice

Papers addressing other topics will also be considered.


Aims and Scope

Race and Yoga is the first peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, and international academic journal committed to examinations of the history and practice of yoga; 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 exceed 250 words should be included. For endnote and reference formatting, follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th 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 inquiries to raceandyoga@gmail.com


DEADLINE: February 1, 2022