Directions in Yoga Studies: Established and Emerging Fields – Dr Suzanne Newcombe (Open University and Inform, KCL) and Karen O’Brien-Kop (SOAS)
Introducing a week of guest speakers, this talk will provide an overview of the main and emerging areas of yoga studies in academia currently. We will highlight new and interesting trends in research for yoga and meditation studies, taking into account many different disciplinary framings, geographical areas, and historical periods. The lecture will conclude with a discussion on areas of contemporary interest in regard to yoga and meditation both within and outside the academy.
This event is part of our Yoga Studies Week, for the full listings for this event see our event page at www.soas.ac.uk/yoga-studies/events or go straight to centreofyogastudies.eventbrite.com to book.
Suzanne Newcombe researches yoga and ayurveda from a sociological and social historical perspective. Her previous research has focused on the popularisation of yoga and ayurvedic medicine in Britain and she has published chapters in several edited books on this subject, as well as articles in the Journal of Contemporary Religion, Religion Compass and Asian Medicine. She has made several appearances on BBC radio and television discussing aspects of contemporary yoga practice and other minority religious beliefs and practices. In addition to her research on the Ayuryog project, Suzanne is also a Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University.
Karen O’Brien-Kop is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS University of London and a Visiting Lecturer in Indian Philosophy and Religion at the University of Roehampton, UK. Her doctoral research at SOAS was on the inter-textuality of Pātañjala yoga and Buddhist yoga in the classical era. She was a co-founder of the Sanskrit Reading Room and is a committee member of the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies. She has published in the journal Religions of South Asia (2017) and is co-editing The Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies (forthcoming 2020).