27 Jan Sinister Yogis
David White (Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Wednesday, January 27 / 3:00 pm
3041 Humanities and Social Sciences Building
David White discussed his 2009 book Sinister Yogis, a historical reconstruction of the history of yoga through the lens of its agents, the yogis of India. In his lecture he challenged the ways in which both perennialists and postcolonial historians reconstruct India’s past. In preparation for the lecture, faculty and graduate students were encouraged to read his article, “Digging Wells While Houses Burn?”
David White is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India, Kiss of the Yogini: “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts, and Sinister Yogis.