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Reaching Out

A fortnight before the Autumn Equinox and this is my harvest. Thesis submitted. Ten days in a field outside Glastonbury. Three days at a conference in Belfast. Two upcoming deadlines in a month – one for an article, one for a book chapter – and a viva on the horizon in November, plus a dozen online meetings with friends, colleagues… Read more →

Post-lineage yoga

It’s a funny business, a PhD in the Humanities and Social Sciences. At least here in Europe, the heart and soul and centre of the process is the production of one thesis, by a single mind. That thesis will be 100,000 words long – that’s nearly 300 pages – and contained within must be ‘a substantial contribution to original knowledge’… Read more →

Newgrange

A Tiny Adventure

Last week, the husband and I went on a tiny adventure: five days in Ireland. It ended up containing almost all of our favourite things: yoga and geeking out, permaculture and earth politics, faeries and standing stones, prehistoric sites, epic landscapes, road trips, old friends and new, and a lot of laughter. Oh, and a souvenir signy-doodle. More on that… Read more →

Early morning dance at Sundara

The Responsibility of Writing

There’s a point, when the data is mostly in, and the analysis underway, and you’ve got a rough literature review and a sort of introduction and a stab at your methodology chapter and it’s time. It’s time to start writing the thesis proper. To be honest, every few months in this process I feel like I’ve scaled another cliff of… Read more →

meditating with the Tor

A Harvest of Fieldwork

As I recover from another academic conference, and contemplate the news that I’ve been awarded university funding to go full-time (third time lucky), I’m looking back over an epic summer. Some parts weren’t so good – as my last blog post shows. But so very much has happened to form the epic and enormous treasure that is my fieldwork data… Read more →

Krakow

I’m not long back from my first international academic conference: “Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana” in Kraków, 19th-21st May 2016. I’ve written this report for my supervisors, and also the BASR bulletin, but some of you might be interested here too! Elsewhere, I’m still considering radical deity and the sticky relationships between yoga and appropriation; yoga and trauma. More later, but… Read more →

Epistemology

Epistemology. It’s one of those words commonly used by academics that sounds like jargon to other people. But like a lot of common scholarly words, the reason it’s not used in everyday speech isn’t because it refers to something with a simpler, common name. There isn’t a common word for epistemology, because the whole concept, and thus any debate around,… Read more →

Wild Things and Fallen Angels

This September, I gave my first academic paper at the BASR conference. Here’s an edited version, this time with all the pictures: Wild Things and Fallen Angels: epistemology and ontology in transnational yoga My name is Theo Wildcroft. My doctoral research area is the relationship between physical practice, animate bodies and systems of religious authority and transmission. Or as my… Read more →

BASR conference 2015

It’s instantly familiar, that slightly disconcerting feeling of being on a full and working campus out of term, with administration quietly buzzing and car parking at a premium, but empty halls, cafeterias and walkways echoing. We conference academics are a scattered tribe, coming from all points, to settle for a few days on borrowed land haunted by the rhythms of… Read more →

Sukham and Dukham

So here I am, packing again, and reflecting on what makes this time feel so tough. The weather is grey and humid, the forecast not great, and I’ve just sent off my husband and cat to one field, as I prepare for life in another. Timings are tricky. The British summer is short, and with only so many weekends, some… Read more →