Is Academia a Religion? with Marcy Braverman Goldstein (#150)

About the Guest

Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D., began teaching Sanskrit and the history and philosophies of yoga in the 1990s. To design her courses, she draws from her academic training and 20 years of yoga practice. At UNC Charlotte she teaches “Yoga Through the Ages.” Since creating Sanskrit Revolution, Marcy has taught at more than three dozen studios, teacher training programs, conferences, and festivals nationally. Her passion is to help people discover the history and fascinating linguistic foundation of yoga.

In this episode of the Tarka Journal Podcast republished on the Chitheads Podcast, Stephanie and Jacob speak to colleague and friend, Marcy Braverman Goldstein about an article she wrote for the Scholar-Practitioner Issue of Tarka, titled “Is Academia (Like) a Religion?”


In this Episode, We Discuss:

  1. Marcy’s view of the scholar-practitioner and how it has informed her approach to research and teaching.
  2. Defining emic and the etic and balancing the insider vs. outsider perspectives
  3. The path of the seeker.
  4. The study of Sanskrit as a practice.
  5. Identifying the dimensions of religion found in academia.
  6. Parallels between academia and the religious quest.
  7. Challenging the ideological conformity of modern academia and encouraging new spaces of intellectual activity outside the modern university.

Quotes from the Episode

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