CFP: North American Hinduism Group: AAR 2013

 I've taken on the role of co-chair of the North American Hinduism Group this year. Here's our call for proposals for this fall's annual AAR meeting: The North American Hinduism Group seeks proposals on the topics listed below for the 2013 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Please contact the listed organizers if … Continue reading CFP: North American Hinduism Group: AAR 2013

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On Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birthday: Beginnings and Endings

Tomorrow marks Swami Vivekananda's 150th birthday. Vivekananda haunts me. He was a man who meant and continues to mean many things to many people. But for me, Vivekananda will always represent a limit or a boundary. When I started the research project that became my dissertation, I started with Vivekananda and then turned and looked … Continue reading On Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birthday: Beginnings and Endings

Yoga is either religious instruction or the “wussification of America.”

At least that's what two stories I ran into this week are saying. First, there's a Fox News story that I came across via Media Matters in which the fine folks at Fox & Friends discuss the new "trend" of children practicing yoga with guest and parenting guru (no pun intended) Larry Winget. The whole … Continue reading Yoga is either religious instruction or the “wussification of America.”