Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana

Methods, migrations, mediations

18th-21st May 2022

The Jagiellonian University Institute for the Study of Religions and the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies invite you to participate in the international academic conference: Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana: methods, migrations, mediations in Kraków from 18th-21st May 2022.

The YDYS conference is aimed at reviewing and discussing recent developments in the field of Yoga Studies. It follows on from the successful 2016 conference.

During the last five years we have witnessed an increasing amount of state-of-the-art research on yoga, employing methods from humanities, social sciences, and beyond. The application of new theories and methods to the study of yoga has been accompanied by the emergence of new research areas. Emerging areas of interest include explorations of the sociopolitical entanglements of yoga, social dynamics of yoga communities, local (especially non-anglophone) transformations of yoga, and technologies mediating the transmission of yoga.

We believe it is time once again to come together as an international community of academics to continue interdisciplinary dialogue on yoga in all of its manifestations. Together we will discuss the methods applied in yoga studies, the pathways of yoga’s migration across the globe, the social and technological factors mediating its transnational flow, as well as yoga’s role as a mediator in social relations and social change.

We plan to meet once again in the very centre of Kraków to share our research during face-to-face interactions, in a hopefully post-pandemic reality. However, we would like to make the conference accessible to those who are not able to attend in person. Please let us know if attending in person is not likely to be possible to you when you submit your abstract.

Keynote speakers

The conference will feature keynote lectures by:

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Amanda Lucia

University of California-Riverside

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Meera Nanda

Formerly IISER Pune

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Shameem Black

Australian National University

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Swami Medhananda

Ramakrishna Institute of Moral and Spiritual Education, Mysore

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Submissions are now closed.


We invite you to submit paper proposals related to, but not restricted to, the following thematic fields:

  • Theories and methodologies in yoga studies
  • Transnational flow of yoga
  • Local variations of yoga
  • Yoga and language – philology, linguistics, and textual analysis
  • Yoga, the mind, and cognition
  • Yoga and decolonisation
  • Yoga and strategies of legitimisation
  • Social dynamics in yoga milieus
  • Access, affiliation and inclusion in yoga
  • Power and abuse in yoga
  • Scholar-practitioner challenges
  • Yoga and nationalism
  • Yoga, democracy, and social change
  • Technologies of yoga
  • Yoga and modern technology
  • Changes and challenges during the pandemic
  • Yoga and medicine

Submission guidelines

The time scheduled for paper presentations is 20 minutes, with 10 additional minutes for discussion and questions. Papers should be presented in English.

Each paper proposal should include:

  • Name, affiliation, and degree(s) of the author/presenter
  • Paper abstract in English (not longer than 1,400 characters with spaces or 250 words)
  • Optionally, a short list of references (not included in the word limit)

Please do not submit multiple abstracts; only one abstract per person will be considered. We will group papers into sessions with thematic continuity where possible. The submission deadline was 14th November 2021.

For questions and information please contact:

Proposals will be evaluated by the organising committee and you will receive a response by 31st December 2021.

If you wish, you can download a PDF copy of the Call for Papers.


The event will be held at Jagiellonian University Faculty of Law and Administration Teaching Centre, ul. Krupnicza 33A, 31-123 Kraków, Poland


Information for prospective attendees

A major part of the YDYS conference sessions will be open to attendees. There will be a small fee for those not presenting, with options to attend just the keynote sessions, single conference days or the entire four-day event.

Exact ticket prices will be announced in January 2022. Ticket sales will begin in February 2022.



Established in 1974, the Institute for the Study of Religions is the oldest academic institution in Poland offering complete degree programmes in the study of religions, and the country’s leading research unit on the religions of the world. Spread across seven departments and one laboratory, the academic staff of the Institute conduct research in all sub-disciplines of religious studies (history, anthropology, phenomenology, psychology and sociology of religion).

The Institute cooperates with many universities and research facilities from EU countries, the USA and Eastern Europe. We organise international conferences, symposiums, plenary lectures and workshops for academics, students and people interested in the world’s religions.

SOAS is leading the way in the field of yoga studies, which is growing rapidly around the globe. The school hosted the Hatha Yoga Project, a research initiative funded by the European Research Council, which charts the history of physical yoga practices, and SOAS is one of the few universities in the world to offer an MA in Yoga and Meditation.

The Centre of Yoga Studies builds on this work and aims to share the best research in Yoga Studies, and to host conversations between scholars, practitioners and everyone else who’s fascinated by the history, practice and philosophy of yoga. The centre hosts summer schools, lecture series, seminars and workshops in order to share research in the field and develop new collaborations.

Organising Committee

  • Vicky Addinall, MA Candidate, SOAS University of London
  • Matylda Ciołkosz, Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University
  • Borayin Larios, Assistant Professor, Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna
  • Suzanne Newcombe, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at The Open University (UK) and Director of Inform, based at King’s College London
  • Raphaël Voix, Anthropologist. Senior fellow at the CNRS, French Institute of India (UMIFRE 21 CNRS-MEAE), Pondicherry
  • Ruth Westoby, MA, Doctoral Candidate, SOAS University of London
  • Theodora Wildcroft, PhD, Co-ordinator, SOAS Centre for Yoga Studies
  • Amelia Wood, MA, Doctoral Candidate, SOAS University of London