SOAS University of London

Centre of Yoga Studies

Yoginis, Power & Visual Culture

Debra Diamond

Date: 1 May 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Finishes: 1 May 2019Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Alumni Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Talk

The identities and practices of yoginis – mortal women and goddesses engaged with yoga – are, like those of yoga, remarkably diverse and notoriously multiple. This lecture re-examines the identification of yoginis and their contexts through three case studies: Yogini temples ca. 1000, Indo-Islamic manuscripts ca. 1600 and European print media ca. 1930. In each instance, the yoginis remain agents of power, but take on distinctive forms and historically contingent identities as they shift contexts and emerge within different arenas of practice.

This event is free but booking is essential. Please book via Eventbrite.

Debra will also be speaking at SOAS on the 2nd May on Interrogating and Exhibiting Yoga's Visual Cultures

Speaker Biography

Dr. Debra Diamond is curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the National Museums of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution. Her most recent exhibitions are Body Image: Art from the Indian Subcontinent (Freer, 2017), Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia (Sackler, 2017), and Yoga: The Art of Transformation (2013-14), a cross-disciplinary exploration of the histories of yoga through its visual manifestations.