Mailing lists

1. Indo-Eurasian_research


A list for “critical discussion of major unresolved issues in premodern studies”. “Areas covered include India, China, Iran, C. Asia, the Ancient N. East, SE Asia, Korea, Japan, and Europe. Discussion of other areas including Africa and Mesoamerica and cross-cultural studies are encouraged. Members include archaeologists, historians, linguists, anthropologists, art historians, specialists in premodern religion, comparativists, cultural neurobiologists, population geneticists, and researchers in many other fields”. “The List’s outlook is secular, progressive, and global”. It is “run by M. Witzel, S. Farmer, L.M. Fosse, and B. Fleming, representing diverse areas in S. Asian studies, linguistics, comparative history/religion/mythology, and cultural neurobiology. […] On weekends discussion is encouraged of lighter issues (e.g., pseudo-archaeology) and global political issues of interest in our fields”.

Informative, insightful and entertaining. Messages archive accessible online to everyone, including non-subscribers. About 1000 members. Moderate to high volume.

Interesting threads:
(Hint: To view the rest of the messages in a thread, click “Next message” and/or scroll down to their links at the bottom of the page.)

Spurious evidence of postural yoga in ancient India  (21 September 2011).

The canonization of the yoga sutras  (9-14 Mar 2011).

Vedic Foundation Founder  (10-11 Mar 2011).

Wendy Doniger on Mark Singleton in the Times Literary Supplement  (6-9 Mar 2011).

Yoga: Not as Old as You Think (Nor Very Hindu Either)  (14 Feb 2011).

NY Times: “Hindu Group Stirs a Debate Over Yoga’s Soul”  (28 Nov to 1 Dec 2010).

“apparent divergence” of Indian medicine and yoga  (19 Oct to 4 Nov 2010).

Origin of Chakras  (18-20 Oct 2010).

Yoga wars and (c) issues  (23 Aug to 6 Sept 2010).

If the Indus had “yoga,” so did the Egyptians and Olmecs  (11 June to 7 July 2007).

Ganweriwala tablet with “Yogic” person  (24 June to 2 July 2007).

2. Indology

URLs: (Scope, guidelines and membership) and (Searchable archives).

“[A]n internet discussion group whose primary purpose is to provide a forum for discussion among professional scholars of classical Indian civilization. The central focus of the list is the history and culture of ancient and classical India, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including (but not limited to) anthropology, archaeology, art history, folklore, history, linguistics, literature and literary criticism, medicine, musicology, numismatics, philology, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, science, and sociology”. It covers “the greater Indian cultural region, including primarily the regions of modern political India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma and Nepal and secondarily culturally- and/or linguistically-related areas, such as Tibet, Bhutan, Central Asia, Indonesia, and Cambodia”.

Full membership with posting privileges restricted to those holding/enrolled in advanced degrees (e.g. M.A. or Ph.D.) and who do a significant portion of their work in classical Indian Studies. Special exceptions made in some cases. Non-members can access the online archives. High volume.

Interesting threads:
(Hint: To view the rest of the messages in a thread, click “Next in topic” and/or do a subject search on the message title.)

Yoga Body, a book by Mark Singleton  (7-10 March 2011).

3. NewResearchersNetwork: New Researchers – Sociology of Religion


A news-list run by the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR) for postgraduate students and academics at the start of their career. Its aim is to “share information and resources regarding the sociology of religion: conferences and meetings, courses and university programmes, books and scientific journals, grants, and so forth”.

A very useful resource; it’s a pity the messages archive is only accessible to list subscribers. About 300 members.  Moderate volume.


Last time new entries were added: 21 September 2011.
Last time all links were checked: 2 July 2011.