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Sarang Raga (detail)

Sarang Raga (detail). from the Sirohi Ragamala; India, Rajasthan, Sirohi, ca. 1680–90; Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 23.2 x 17.8 cm; Freer Gallery of Art, F1992.18.

Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium


Thursday, November 21

6.30–6.45pm   Opening Remarks

Yoga and the Sculpted Body
Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University, New York City

6.45–7.30pm   Keynote Lecture

Inward Journeys: Yoga and Pilgrimage
B.N. Goswamy, Panjab University, Chandigarh

Friday, November 22

9-9.30am   Coffee, Freer Conference Room

9.30–11.00am   Session 1: Yoga and Place

Session Chair: Qamar Adamjee, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Yoga as Architecture
Michael W. Meister, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

The Medieval Indian Yoga Studio: Locating Places of Practice through Architecture, Image, and Text
Tamara I. Sears, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Bhakti as Yoga: Traces of Devotional Transformation in Seventeenth-century Bengal
Pika Ghosh, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

11-11.15am   Break

11.15–12.15pm   Session 2: The Buddha and Yoga

Session Chair: Jessa Farquhar, University of California, Los Angeles

Holiness, Heat, and Hunger: Sculpting States of Mind
Robert DeCaroli, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

The Buddha as the Yogin: The Making of a Nationalist Art History
Sugata Ray, University of California, Berkeley

12.15–2.00pm   Lunch Break

12.30-12.50pm   Movement, Breath, and Silence

Twenty-minute guided practice using simple asana, pranayama, and pratyahara tools
Maryam Ovissi, owner of Beloved Yoga, Virginia

2.00–3.00pm   Session 3: Tantra

Session Chair: Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University, New York City

Yogi, Jackal, and Goddess in Hindu Tantric Yoga
David Gordon White, University of California, Santa Barbara

The Yoga of the Yoginīs: Mapping the Goddesses’ Powers in Text and Image
Shaman Hatley, Concordia University, Montreal

3.00–4.00pm  Session 4: Asanas & Naths

Session Chair: Debra Diamond, Freer and Sackler Galleries

From Tapas to Hard Yoga: The History of the Āsanas of Haṭha Yoga
James Mallinson, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

A Case Study of Bahr al-hayat
Carl W. Ernst, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Saturday, November 23

10.00–12.00pm   Session 5: Yoga and Print Culture

Session Chair: Sita Reddy, independent scholar

Nath Yogis in Mughal and Rajasthani Painting
Rosemary Crill, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Strange and Wondrous: Early Modern European Views of Yogis
Robert J. Del Bontà, independent scholar

Austerity and Excess: Framing Contradiction in the Figure of the Indian Yogi
Hope Marie Childers, Alfred University, New York

The Yogi, the Magician, and the Scientist: Discourses of Modernity in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Representations of Yoga and Stage Magic
Patton Burchett, New York University

12.00–1.00pm   Lunch Break

1.00–2.00pm   Session 6: Modern Yoga

Session Chair: Cathryn Keller, independent scholar

Visions of Patañjali as an Authority on Yoga
Gudrun Bühnemann, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Photographing the Modern Yoga Body
Mark Singleton, St. John’s College, Santa Fe

Get here quick! The Freer Gallery will close for renovation on January 4, 2016, so we can better present our art and serve our visitors. Check out asia.si.edu/future to learn more and plan your trip.