CFP: Decolonizing Yoga? & Unsettling “Social Justice” (Race and Yoga 3.1 2018)

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Call for Papers: Race and Yoga Journal 3.1 (2018)

Special Cluster Theme: Decolonizing Yoga? & Unsettling “Social Justice”


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 purposes?


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 Race and Yoga accepts original, unpublished manuscripts (no simultaneous submissions or previously published works) only.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:


Please send all inquires to


DEADLINE: January 15, 2018


1. Tuck, Eve and K. Wayne Yang. “Decolonization is not a metaphor.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 1, no. 1 (2012): 1-40. Accessed 27 Jun. 2017, file:///Users/triaandrews/Downloads/18630-43263-1-PB.pdf.