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Penn State Symposium on Yoga, Ethics, and Neoliberalism - Keynote Speaker, Day One

Keynote Speaker Andrea Jain: "Peace, Love, Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality" 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library Click here for more information.
by Betsy VanNoy Apr 05, 2019
When Apr 25, 2019
from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library
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The Penn State Symposium on Yoga, Ethics, and Neoliberalism 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. 

Penn State Symposium on Yoga, Ethics, and Neoliberalism

Keynote Speaker: Andrea Jain

Peace, Love, Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality


April 25, 2019 

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Abstract: 

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.

Events are sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University Libraries, and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development.