The Bengal-Vaishnava Body and its Yogic Affects

  • 05 Sep
    06 Sep
    2019

    Yoga and Tantra

    Sukanya Sarbadhikary

The Bengal-Vaishnava Body and its Yogic Affects

Vaishnavism has been understood as a mode of devotional religiosity with essentially emotive ways of conceptualizing and relating to the divine. What is distinctive about Bengal-Vaishnavism is that such affective relationality is also experienced intensely within felt contours of devotees’ disciplined and cultivated bodies and minds. This two-part seminar will explore dimensions of embodiment, sensory materiality, and imagination involved in two particular forms of such yogic affects: experiences of divine sexuality, and the vibrations of sacred sound.

Day 1 : The Yogic Affects of the Mind/Body-as-Place
Day 2 : The Yogic Affects of the Body-as-Instrument

Duration -

September 5, 6, 2019

Timing: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Fees

Rs. 1,500 (For a 50% student discount, write to info@jp-india.org)

Registrations Closed

Sukanya Sarbadhikary

Sukanya Sarbadhikary

Sukanya Sarbadhikary is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Presidency University. She works at the interface of the anthropology of religion, religious studies, and philosophy. In her first work she did an intensive ethnography among different kinds of Bengal-Vaishnavas, focusing on diverse experiences of religious place and discourses of sensory apprehensions of divine affect. Her book, The Place of Devotion: Siting and Experiencing Divinity in Bengal-Vaishnavism (University of California Press) was published in 2015. She is also passionately interested in the sociology and philosophy of aesthetics and music, and their relations with sacred embodiment. She is currently working on a range of devotional instruments and traditions of sonic metaphysics in Bengal.