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CISA Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on South Asia

Keynote Speaker: Sunila S. Kale & Christian Lee Novetzke

Saturday, May 18, 2024

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Royce Hall, Room 314

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CISA invites abstracts for presentation at the Annual Graduate Conference on South Asia to be held at UCLA on May 18, 2024. The conference is a unique opportunity for graduate students and faculty to come together and engage in cross-disciplinary conversations about research on South Asia. This one-day conference aims to create a forum for presenting and discussing current research on South Asia from a wide range of disciplines, including the social sciences, humanities, science and technology studies, public policy, and business programs. Program allowing, we also invite presentations in audio-visual and other creative media formats. We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their careers, including early-career researchers, and encourage presentations that are accessible to an interdisciplinary audience and that foster dialogue across fields.

Participants will have 20 minutes to present their research and an additional 10 minutes for questions. The conference is in-person for the presenters.

The keynote address for this conference will be given by Sunila S. Kale & Christian Lee Novetzke.
To apply to present, please submit a 250-word abstract with a title and three keywords to


Please also provide details of your affiliation. The deadline for abstract submissions is January 15, 2024. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by February 15, 2024.

We have some funding available to support partial travel or accommodation costs for some presenters. If you require such funding, please make a short statement of your needs in addition to your abstract.
This event is open to the academic community of graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and the general public.

Best regards,
The Organizing Committee
Annual Graduate Inter disciplinary Conference on South Asia at UCLA Mihika Banerjee, Pritam Dey, Arpit Gaind, Suryansu Guha.


Keynote, CISA Graduate Conference, UCLA
May 18, 2024

The Yoga of Power: Yoga as Political Thought and Practice in India
Sunila S. Kale & Christian Lee Novetzke  

Yoga has an enormous range of meanings, though most often it names psychophysical practice and philosophy. In this talk, we argue for an expanded understanding that embraces yoga’s meaning as political thought and practice. The political idea of yoga names the tools of kings, poets, warriors, and revolutionaries. This idea of yoga encodes political stratagems for going into battle and for the demands of governance that follow victory. It suggests routes to sovereign self-rule when faced with implacable obstacles, and defines righteous action amidst the grime of politics and even war. Our talk provides an overview of the argument we make about yoga in a forthcoming book, The Yoga of Power, and then focuses on how these of ideas of yoga are expressed in the c. 3rd CE text, the Arthaśāstra, and in the early 20th c. context of Princely Aundh. 




In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, UCLA will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities.
Requests can be fulfilled more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event.
Direct accommodation requests to cisagradconference.ucla@gmail.com.


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Sponsor(s): Center for India and South Asia

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