Yoga and the Body, Past and Present: A Symposium

Yoga historical

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 05 May 2016


Coombs Extension 1.04


Various speakers


Shameem Black
02 6125 3180

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Photo Credit: Borayin Maitreya Larios

Yoga, one of India’s most celebrated cultural exports, is an increasingly popular practice around the world. This symposium aims to add scholarly depth to one of the current “hot topics” in contemporary international communities of yoga practice: the cultural politics of the ideal body. We bring together experts from South Asian studies to anthropology to yoga practice to discuss how yoga has shaped ideas about ideal (and imperfect) bodies in different times and places.

Conference Dates: Wednesday 4 - Friday 6 May. Please check the draft conference program under downloads for more information.

Venue: Coombs Extension 1.04 8 Fellows Road, Acton ACT 2601

Keynote speaker is Professor Joseph S. Alter, Yale-National University of Singapore College.

Professor Alter specialises in the study of medical anthropology, nationalism, religion, science and technology studies, and the relationship between ecology, environmentalism and the body. His current research is on the relationship between yoga and nature cure in contemporary India and the way in which this relationship provides a critical perspective on global health and the political ecology of the body.

Cost: $50 per day, $25 per day for students and concession. Registration and a full program are available at

GST inclusive registration fees cover attendance at the symposium, lunch, and coffee breaks. We are very grateful for this public support, which allows us to promote the vitality of Asian studies in Australia. However, we are also committed to public access. If cost is of concern, you are welcome to select the Student/Concession registration option or to contact us about alternative arrangements.

For accommodation details, please contact the conference organisers.

Presented by the South Asia Research Institute

Supported by the Research School of Asia and the Pacific

School of Culture, History and Language

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

The Australian National University

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