Sikholars 2013 – Call For Papers

Guestblogged byMewa Singh

SikholarsFew events are as anticipated as the annual Sikholars conference, held annually in the Bay Area. Now returning for the fourth year, the event continues to grow, generate new interest, and excite Sikh sangats from the Bay Area and beyond. A showcase for young Sikh scholars and others working on Sikh-related topics, the venue provides an intellectual space for engagement, discussion, and debate.

The conference has already announced its call for papers:

In anticipation of the fourth annual Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference, we are pleased to announce our call for papers. The Sikholars conference has attracted young scholars from over three continents and twentyfive universities. With topics ranging from Khalistan to Unix Coding, from sex-selective abortion to diasporic literature, from Nihangs in the court of Ranjit Singh to the North American bhangra circuit, from Sikh sculpture and architecture to representations of masculinity in Punjabi films, we encourage the widest possible range of those pursuing graduate studies on Sikh-related topics.

The deadline to apply to present is December 15, 2012.

The event is being hosted by Stanford Universitys Center for South Asia and the Jakara Movement.

New for this year includes keynote speakers, as well as two interesting new panels. One special panel is being organized around the topic of caste, connected to the Jakara Movements theme for the year in exploring, understanding, and specifying the way that caste and casteism influence and affect Sikh political and social organizing.

A second panel is being organized around Technology and Entrepreneurship amongst the Sikh community. A number of young Sikh entrepreneurs will be in attendance for an opportunity to share ideas, and network.

The organizers hope that you will apply or that you encourage your friends/family to apply to present at this amazing venue. The conference has sparked new and diverse conversations within the North American Sikh community, including SAFAR (around issues of Sikh feminism) and earlier this year in Vancouver, around themes of memory , violence, 1984, and the Theeja Ghallughara. Take a look at videos from Sikholars past and we look forward to your application.


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