A Call for Papers - “Sikhs in the World”

The Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference will be held on February 20th, 2010 at Stanford University

Sikh scholars have a long and proud history from Bhai Gurdas to Giani Ditt Singh and Sardar Kapoor Singh with too many to name in between.  Although in more recent times some academics have been seen as controversial in the community, a confident community celebrates academic conferences that provide a valuable forum for those interested to exchange thoughts, discussions, and ideas. 

This past weekend, one such conference occurred in Berkeley, titled “After 1984” and was an example of the critical importance of scholarly exchange, bringing together such luminaries as Gurharpal Singh, Pal Singh Ahluwalia, Arvindpal Singh Mandair, and many others.

Despite the intellectual brilliance, the meeting point between activism and the academy has always been somewhat uneasy.  This weekend allowed such an exchange to occur, but was hardly the focus of the conference.  The Jakara Movement is aiming to bridge this gap early next year with its first annual Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference.

To be held at Stanford University on February 20th, 2010, the organizers are soliciting the community’s help in broadcasting the news of this first conference and calling for proposals.  The deadline for abstract submission is NOVEMBER 15, 2009.

The conference seeks to:

bring Sikhs and non-Sikhs working on Sikh-related issues to an annual conference that unites a breadth of graduate expertise. From academia, to health, law, and business entrepreneurship, the conference will bring together a wide array of disciplines and scholarly interests to create an institutionalized channel to present papers on research, and informal circuits or networks for continued discussion.

The purpose of the conference has been explained as:

Informal professional associations have already been founded within the Sikh community, but are mainly confined to networking. Academic conferences, related to Sikh Studies already occur, but the ideas put forth are generally confined to a narrow audience that engage in these issues, but are not necessarily linked or concerned with the Sikh community’s general welfare. The Sikholars: Sikh Graduate Student Conference does not aim to replicate these efforts, but rather to create a truly innovative and imaginative conference. By bringing together promising students in a truly multi-disciplinary fashion, we seek to incubate promising research by engaging various activists and scholars in the community together.

By bringing together activists and scholars; by bringing together theoreticians and practitioners; the Sikholars conference will be a unique experience.  From health to medicine to law to human rights to anthropology to sociology to history to philosophy to business entrepreneurship to everything Sikh-related and in-between,all topics are welcomeBegin submitting your proposals today, forward this link to a friend in professional or graduate school, and plan on not missing this unique experience.

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