UC Berkeley Sikh Studies Conference: After 1984

Center for Sikh Studies
Start Time:
Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 8:30am
End Time:
Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 8:00pm
UC Berkeley Campus

One of the key issues that continues to haunt Sikhs is how the traumatic events of the last 25 years can begin to be represented through the work of memorialization when the very horizon common to memory, history and forgetting seems to have been constantly slipping away from grasp. Always in retreat this horizon has made the effort of mourning and forgiveness almost impossibly difficult.

This conference will address new ways of thinking the events and legacy of the last 25 years, and their implications for the political future of Sikhs inside and outside India. The basic premise of this conference is that while the work of mourning and forgiveness is by no means easy, it is also by no means impossible. Part of the problem was that representation of Sikh issues at that time by scholarly, mediatic and state apparatuses was governed by frameworks that seemed unquestionable. In recent years, however, all sorts of changes at the academic and political level have forced scholars and related agencies to rethink these frameworks. Such changes would include: the crisis of secularism and the global resurgence of religion; a profound rethinking of the seemingly opposed nature of religion and violence; new theories of globalization; new inroads in the politics of knowledge construction; alternative ways of thinking about justice, law, the public space and the representation of minorities; the relevance of all of these thinks for international relations and the future of democracy etc.

Papers will be presented by the following scholars:

* Pal Singh Ahluwalia (Pro Vice Chancellor—University of South Australia, Magill Campus)

* Gurharpal Singh (Nadir Dinshaw chair in inter-religious relations—University of Birmingham)

* Arvind-Pal S. Mandair (S.C.S.B. Endowed Professor of Sikh Studies—University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

* Balbinder Singh Bhogal (Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies—Hofstra University)

* Anne Murphy (Chair in Punjabi Language, Literature and Sikh Studies—University of British Colombia)

* Giorgio Shani (Ritsumeikan University)

* Navdeep Singh Mandair (University of Birmingham)

* Prabhsharandeep Singh (Center for Sikh Studies)

* Brian Axel (University of California, Santa Cruz)

* Virinder Singh Kalra (University of Manchester)

* Prabhsharanbir Singh (University of British Columbia)

* Puninder Jaitla (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

* Harjeet Grewal (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

* Parvinder Mehta (University of Toledo)

* Virginia Van Dyke (University of Washington)

*The Conference is open to the public. There is no registration fee. Food will be provided.


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