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Reaching Out

A fortnight before the Autumn Equinox and this is my harvest. Thesis submitted. Ten days in a field outside Glastonbury. Three days at a conference in Belfast. Two upcoming deadlines in a month – one for an article, one for a book chapter – and a viva on the horizon in November, plus a dozen […]

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Post-lineage yoga

It’s a funny business, a PhD in the Humanities and Social Sciences. At least here in Europe, the heart and soul and centre of the process is the production of one thesis, by a single mind. That thesis will be 100,000 words long – that’s nearly 300 pages – and contained within must be ‘a

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Summer travels

I am at home at the moment, taking a couple of days to catch up with myself about halfway through my Summer and early Autumn traveling plans. As many people will know by now, the majority of my research centres on the summer circuit of British alternative yoga events and camps. And as scholars will

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A Tiny Adventure

Last week, the husband and I went on a tiny adventure: five days in Ireland. It ended up containing almost all of our favourite things: yoga and geeking out, permaculture and earth politics, faeries and standing stones, prehistoric sites, epic landscapes, road trips, old friends and new, and a lot of laughter. Oh, and a

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A Harvest of Fieldwork

As I recover from another academic conference, and contemplate the news that I’ve been awarded university funding to go full-time (third time lucky), I’m looking back over an epic summer. Some parts weren’t so good – as my last blog post shows. But so very much has happened to form the epic and enormous treasure

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Krakow

I’m not long back from my first international academic conference: “Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana” in Kraków, 19th-21st May 2016. I’ve written this report for my supervisors, and also the BASR bulletin, but some of you might be interested here too! Elsewhere, I’m still considering radical deity and the sticky relationships between yoga and appropriation; yoga

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BASR conference 2015

It’s instantly familiar, that slightly disconcerting feeling of being on a full and working campus out of term, with administration quietly buzzing and car parking at a premium, but empty halls, cafeterias and walkways echoing. We conference academics are a scattered tribe, coming from all points, to settle for a few days on borrowed land

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