7 Jan 2021
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Professor James Mallinson is considered by many to be the world's leading scholar in the field of Haṭha yoga studies. His pioneering research has radically altered our knowledge of yoga's history.
In this live virtual discussion, he joins Imma Ramos, British Museum curator of the current exhibition Tantra: enlightenment to revolution, to explore the links between Haṭha yoga and ancient Tantric traditions, in light of the completion of a five-year research project at SOAS that examined the history of Hatha yoga in unprecedented depth.
Supported by the Bagri Foundation.
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About the speakers
Dr James Mallinson is Reader in Indology and Yoga Studies at SOAS University of London. His research focuses on the history and current traditional practice of yoga and his primary methods are philology, ethnography and art history. Dr Mallinson led the Haṭha Yoga Project, a five-year six-person research project on the history of physical yoga funded by the European Research Council. The project's core output are 10 critical editions of Sanskrit texts on physical yoga and four monographs on its history and current practice.
Dr Mallinson's publications include the Penguin Classics book Roots of Yoga and The Khecarīvidyā of Ādinātha: a Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of an Early Text on Haṭhayoga. The latter is a revision of his doctoral thesis, which was supervised by Professor Alexis Sanderson at the University of Oxford, where Dr Mallinson also read Sanskrit as an undergraduate. Dr Mallinson has spent more than 10 years living in India with traditional ascetics and practitioners of yoga, and at the 2013 Kumbh Mela was awarded the title of Mahant by the Rāmānandī Saṃpradāya.
Dr Imma Ramos is the curator of the medieval to modern South Asia collections at the British Museum. She curated the current exhibition, Tantra: enlightenment to revolution, and is the author of its accompanying book which presents the first historical exploration of Tantric visual culture from its origins in India to its reimagining in the West. Her research interests revolve around the relationship between religion, politics and gender in South Asian visual culture.
Imma completed her BA, MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, where she taught as a supervisor and lecturer. Her first book, Pilgrimage and Politics in Colonial Bengal: The myth of the goddess Sati, examines an ancient network of pilgrimage sites dedicated to Sati. Imma is also interested in filmmaking – before arriving at the Museum she worked as an arts researcher and associate producer on four BBC Four art documentaries.
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