17 May 2023 10:00 - 12:00 Online


An event organised by the Indigenous Studies Discussion Group research network.


  • Joseph Calabrese (UCL and a UK-registered clinical psychologist) 
  • Karuna Nagarajan (Deputy Director of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana Open and Digital Learning (ODL, S-VYASA))

About the speakers

Dr Joseph Calabrese, Reader of Medical Anthropology at UCL and a UK-registered clinical psychologist.  His research combines anthropological study of mental illness experiences and treatment approaches with local clinical practice among Native Americans, in the South Asian country of Bhutan, and with people having severe psychiatric illnesses in Chicago and Boston.  He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and has held research, teaching, and clinical posts there, at Harvard Medical School, and at the University of Oxford.

Dr Karuna Nagarajan, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana Open and Digital Learning (ODL, S-VYASA) Deemed to be University. She is founder of the Svaraveda Foundation, dedicated to Indian Music, Indian Music therapy Courses and research, and is Professor for Hatha Yoga and Patanjali Yoga Sutra at Vivekananda Yoga University in Los Angeles (1st Yoga university outside India focused on graduate Yoga education and research). She worked as an expert committee member for curriculum development at the University Grants Commission, the National Council for Teacher Education, the Indira Gandhi National Open University, the National Institute of Open Schooling, the Health Sector Skill Council and the Quality Council of India. She has authored several Yoga books and published research papers in international journals on the therapeutic effect of Indian music on Cardiac Autonomic Function, Anxiety and Cognitive abilities and she is currently guiding Ph.D. candidates in Yoga Education and music therapy. Her teaching experience encompasses several Yoga related subjects, ranging from Hatha yoga texts, principles of Yoga Therapy and support to personality development through Yoga for school children.


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