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Addendum: Parker, Murray, and Dirk H.R. Spennemann. 2020. For Whom the Bell Tolls: Practitioners’ Views on Bell-Ringing Practice in Contemporary Society in New South Wales (Australia). Religions 11: 425

Yoga and White Public Space

Institute for Women’s Studies and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Religions 2020, 11(12), 669;
Received: 2 October 2020 / Revised: 20 November 2020 / Accepted: 27 November 2020 / Published: 14 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Music, Sound, and the Sacred)
This article connects recent work in critical race studies, museum studies, and performance studies to larger conversations happening across the humanities and social sciences on the role of performance in white public spaces. Specifically, I examine the recent trend of museums such as the Natural History Museum of London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, to name but a few, offering meditation and wellness classes that purport to “mirror the aesthetics or philosophy of their collections.” Through critical ethnography and discursive analysis I examine and unpack this logic, exposing the role of cultural materialism and the residue of European imperialism in the affective economy of the museum. I not only analyze the use of sound and bodily practices packaged as “yoga” but also interrogate how “yoga” cultivates a sense of space and place for museum-goers. I argue that museum yoga programs exhibit a form of somatic orientalism, a sensory mechanism which traces its roots to U.S. American cultural-capitalist formations and other institutionalized forms of racism. By locating yoga in museums within broader and longer processes of racialization I offer a critical race and feminist lens to view these sorts of performances. View Full-Text
Keywords: yoga; performance studies; critical whiteness studies; orientalism; tourism; museums; imperialism; health and wellness studies yoga; performance studies; critical whiteness studies; orientalism; tourism; museums; imperialism; health and wellness studies
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