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Decolonizing Yoga? – Unsettling 'Social Justice'

Call for Publications

Theme: Decolonizing Yoga? – Unsettling 'Social Justice'
Publication: Race and Yoga
Date: Vol. 3 Issue 1 (2018)
Deadline: 15.1.2018

Race and Yoga editorial board is currently seeking articles, personal
narratives, and creative works for the third issue of the journal.
The issue will have a special cluster section that addresses
“Decolonizing Yoga? & Unsettling ‘Social Justice.’”

Indigenous peoples and practices are often eclipsed from dominant
discourses. When “decolonization” is co-opted and used synonymously
with “social justice,” Indigenous peoples are even excluded from
these discussions. Yet as Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang clarify,
“Decolonization brings about the repatriation of Indigenous land and
life; it is not a metaphor for other things we want to do to improve
our societies and schools.” This special cluster of Race and Yoga
journal recognizes the need to (re)center Indigenous peoples,
practices, and lands locally and globally in conversations at the
convergence of decolonization and yoga.

What does it mean to “decolonize yoga”? How is “decolonization”
defined and by whom? How are people in South Asia and/or the diaspora
theorizing “decolonization” and/or “decolonizing yoga”? How do we
rethink yoga discourses to include and/or center Indigenous peoples,
practices, lands, and/or sovereignties? Conversely, how are
Indigenous peoples and practices being excluded from “decolonizing
yoga” narratives and spaces, and for what reasons? How are Indigenous
peoples navigating, negotiating, contesting, and reclaiming various
ideas surrounding “decolonization” in and through yoga for their own

Aims and Scope

Race and Yoga is the first peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary academic
journal committed to examinations of the history and practice of yoga
in the West; the journal brings together critical yoga studies and
critical race theory/ethnic studies to examine issues surrounding the
history, racialization, sex(ualization), and inclusivity (or lack
thereof) of the yoga community. Race and Yoga is published through
The University of California Press’s e-scholarship division. Race and
Yoga accepts original, unpublished manuscripts (no simultaneous
submissions or previously published works) only.

Peer Review Policy

Race and Yoga editors vet each submission to ensure alignment with
the journal’s scholarly goals. If selected, the submission is sent to
two anonymous referees.

Submission Instructions

Article manuscripts should be limited to 8,000 words, including
endnotes and references. Review essays should be limited to 4,000
words. Review essays may survey recently published literature, films,
art exhibits, or popular culture related to the field. Papers should
be left-justified and use a non-decorative font (e.g. Times New
Roman). An abstract that does not to exceed 250 words should be
included. For endnote and reference formatting, follow the Chicago
Manual of Style, 16th edition (author-date style). Papers that do not
adhere to submission guidelines will be returned to the author for
revision. Personal narratives should be 2,000-3,000 words.

Upload your abstract, manuscript, and 150 word bio (as the
supplementary file) to:

Deadline: January 15, 2018


Race and Yoga Jornal
Center for Race and Gender
University of California, Berkeley
Email: raceandyoga(at)