Some of the questions, among others, we seek to address are:
• What does it mean to think of the material, sensuous body in terms of breath that constantly escapes it, and how does the materiality of the body help us reconceptualise breath?
• What kinds of individual and social bodies or worlds are fostered and challenged through breath and/or shortness of breath; through the abundance or lack of clean air?
• How does breath and/or air forge connections between humans and the non-human material worlds around them?
•How do different epistemologies of the body, bodily winds and/or air intersect in spiritual-therapeutic healing practices and traditions?
•How do ecological relationships foreground the ways in which air reconfigures relatedness in contemporary social worlds?
• What are the implications of science, technology and policy in quantifying air and breath for the reformulations of bodies and the spaces they occupy?
• What are the social and political implications of various epistemologies of the body, breath and air, and their entanglements?
• What kinds of methodological possibilities of research are opened up by following air and breath?
We invite submissions from scholars working in the South Asian context. We are particularly interested in contributions related to (but certainly not limited to) the following:
• The spiritual-therapeutic practices of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Siddha Medicine, and other such practices from the subcontinent
• Historical or contemporary work on biomedicine, biomedical practices, and diseases especially pulmonary diseases.
• Research on environment and ecology with a focus on their social implications.
• Science and technology studies that critically examine science, technology and policy.
We are in discussions with Amsterdam University Press (Asian Studies), and aim to submit the book proposal by October 2021.
Abstract submission deadline: 15th June
· Word limit: 500 words.
· Please give a proposed title.
· Please ensure your abstract makes clear your disciplinary approach and foregrounds at least two of the three themes of the proposed book.
· Please share your current affiliation and position details.
Dr. Vasundhara Bhojvaid is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Shiv Nadar University, India. Vasundhara’s current work looks at how air pollution is effecting and effected by policies, transforming life in urban spaces and understandings of the body. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Material Culture, and Cultural Anthropology
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