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Medicine, Immortality, Moksha: Entangled Histories of Yoga, Ayurveda and Alchemy in South Asia

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Project "AYURYOG" data sheet

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Organization address
city: WIEN
postcode: 1010

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙416˙146 €
 EC max contribution 1˙416˙146 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2020-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAT WIEN AT (WIEN) coordinator 1˙094˙737.00


 Project objective

The project will examine the histories of yoga, ayurveda and rasashastra (Indian alchemy and iatrochemistry) from the tenth century to the present, focussing on the disciplines' health, rejuvenation and longevity practices. The goals of the project are to reveal the entanglements of these historical traditions, and to trace the trajectories of their evolution as components of today's global healthcare and personal development industries.

Our hypothesis is that practices aimed at achieving health, rejuvenation and longevity constitute a key area of exchange between the three disciplines, preparing the grounds for a series of important pharmaceutical and technological innovations and also profoundly influencing the discourses of today's medicalized forms of globalized yoga as well as of contemporary institutionalized forms of ayurveda and rasashastra.

Drawing upon the primary historical sources of each respective tradition as well as on fieldwork data, the research team will explore the shared terminology, praxis and theory of these three disciplines. We will examine why, when and how health, rejuvenation and longevity practices were employed; how each discipline’s discourse and practical applications relates to those of the others; and how past encounters and cross-fertilizations impact on contemporary health-related practices in yogic, ayurvedic and alchemists’ milieus.

The five-year project will be based at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at Vienna University and carried out by an international team of 3 post-doctoral researchers. The research will be grounded in the fields of South Asian studies and social history. An international workshop and an international conference will be organized to present and discuss the research results, which will also be published in peer-reviewed journals, an edited volume, and in individual monographs. A project website will provide open access to all research results.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Dagmar Wujastyk
Iron Tonics: Tracing the Development fromClassical to Iatrochemical Formulations inAyurveda
published pages: , ISSN: 2471-3716, DOI:
HIMALAYA , the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies: Vol. 39 : No. 1 , Article 11 2020-01-27
2017 Dagmar Wujastyk, Suzanne Newcombe, Christele Barois (eds.)
History of Science in South Asia. Special Issue: Transmutations: Rejuvenation, Longevity, and Immortality Practices in South and Inner Asia
published pages: , ISSN: 2369-775X, DOI: 10.18732/hssa.v5i2
History of Science in South Asia 5/2 2019-07-25
2017 Suzanne Newcombe
Yogis, Ayurveda, and Kayakalpa
published pages: 85-120, ISSN: 2369-775X, DOI: 10.18732/hssa.v5i2.29
History of Science in South Asia 5/2 2019-07-25
2018 Jason Eric Birch
Premodern Yoga Traditions and Ayurveda
published pages: 1-83, ISSN: 2369-775X, DOI: 10.18732/hssa.v6i0.25
History of Science in South Asia 6 2019-07-25
2017 Dagmar Wujastyk, Suzanne Newcombe, Christèle Barois
Transmutations: Rejuvenation, Longevity, and Immortality Practices in South and Inner Asia
published pages: i-xvii, ISSN: 2369-775X, DOI: 10.18732/hssa.v5i2.33
History of Science in South Asia 5/2 2019-07-25
2017 Christèle Barois
Stretching Out Life, Maintaining the Body
published pages: 37-65, ISSN: 2369-775X, DOI: 10.18732/hssa.v5i2.31
History of Science in South Asia 5/2 2019-07-25
2015 Dagmar Wujastyk
Histories of Mercury in Medicine across Asia and Beyond
published pages: 819-830, ISSN: 0004-4717, DOI: 10.1515/asia-2015-1051
Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques 69/4 2019-07-25
2017 Dagmar Wujastyk
Acts of Improvement
published pages: 1-36, ISSN: 2369-775X, DOI: 10.18732/hssa.v5i2.26
History of Science in South Asia 5/2 2019-07-25
2015 Dagmar Wujastyk
Mercury as an Antisyphilitic in Ayurvedic Medicine
published pages: 1043-1067, ISSN: 0004-4717, DOI: 10.1515/asia-2015-1046
Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques 69/4 2019-07-25
2017 Suzanne Newcombe
Timeline: The Convergence of Yoga and Ayurveda from 1900-Present
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:

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