Don’t miss the Penn State Symposium on Yoga, Ethics, and Neoliberalism! On April 25 and 26, 2019, Penn State welcomes four of the world’s leading scholars to campus for a wide-ranging conversation about the history, practice, and ethics of yoga in a time of the global commodification of spirituality. All events are free and open to the public. 

All events are organized and moderated by Yoga Lab’s very own Jeremy David Engels, Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences. Events are sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University Libraries, and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development.

Thursday April 25, 4:00-5:30pm
Keynote Adress: “Peace, Love, Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality”
Andrea R. Jain, Ph.D.
Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library 

Given the rise of global spirituality industries, from yoga to mindfulness, how should we think about spirituality’s relationship to larger social, economic, and political forces? In this talk, Andrea Jain argues that global spirituality constitutes social relations and subjects, particularly a neoliberal spiritual subjectivity in which neoliberal responsibilization is brought forth by discursive reframings in and through commodification, appropriation, community making, and purchasing activities. She argues that, although often imagined as countering reigning social, economic, and political orders, the subversive gestures of spiritual disciplines, discourses, and institutions function as superficial points of resistance to the reigning order of neoliberal capitalism.

Andrea R. Jain, Ph.D., is associate professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, editor of the Journal of American Academy of Religion, and author of Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014). She received her doctorate degree in religious studies from Rice University in 2010. Her areas of research include religion under neoliberal capitalism; South Asian religions; global yoga; the intersections of gender, sexuality, and religion; and methods and theories in the study of religion.