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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Yoga for Cats, Yoga for Dogs: Reflection on Contemporary Yoga Practice

Wed, March 9, 2011 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118

The Modern Yoga is a phenomenon of considerable dimensions. Daily, yoga practices attracts thousand new people and every day many millions performs one of its infinite variations. While all the different types of yoga are supposedly traced back to the ancient past, many are ‘true inventions’ of our days. In this presentation the economical logic of the continuous reconfiguration of yoga will be addressed and it will be related to role that contemporary Indology can play in dealing and interpreting this unique cultural phenomenon.

Federico Squarcini is currently Associate Professor of History of Religions at the Univeristy of Florence (Italy). He is the editor of Verso l'India, Oltre l'India ("Toward India, Beyond India") and co-editor of L'Oriente che non Tramonta ("The East That Never Fades"). He is a contributor to Critica Sociologica, Orientamenti Pedagogici, Parole Chiave, Rivista di Studi Orientali, and Testimonianze.

Sponsored by: Department of Asian Studies

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