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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Sikh Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit provides a forum for highlighting the most recent and innovative scholarship in the area of Sikh studies. Our work draws from a broad range of methodological and theoretical approaches — history, postcolonial theory, performance theory, popular culture, philosophy, literary criticism, gender studies, etc. — by both established scholars as well as those new to the field. Seeking a balance between critical theory and substantive content, we seek to call into question key critical terms, challenge established frames of reference, and offer innovative and alternative ways in which Sikhs and Sikhism can be understood and studied in the academy.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers on the following topics:

● The Question of Sikh Literature -
What is Sikh literature? How can a comparative approach to Sikh literature facilitate new perspectives and reading practices for discussing Sikh literature in a diverse number of discursive fields? What literary, tropological and rhetorical, connect Sikh literature across space and time? In commemorating the literary role of Guru Nanak in the development of Panjabi literature, the Sikh Studies Group invites proposal that engages in the above questions. Sikh literature during the last half of the 20th century was reductively constrained through a process of canonization (literary and religious) and sacralized by being placed within a liberation drive thematic fold. By recognizing that this leaves a large amount of contemporary writing outside the sacred orbit of Sikh literature, we ask contributors to reconsider the types of literature and literariness that speak through the Sikh tradition. Moreover, the sacralization of Sikh literature delimits its cultural role within the larger developments of Panjabi literature taken more broadly. Contributions that resituate literature by considering the dissonance between narrative time and the increasingly disparate categories of Sikh literature and Panjabi literature are welcome. Contributors are encouraged to submit proposals that examine Early Sikh literature -Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Janamsakhi, Gurbilas, etc. -or Sikh adaptation of literary forms from the ghazal and kafi in early modernity to modern forms of literature from free verse poetry to short stories and novels. The interconnections that develop through such adaptations may also be discussed. The development of unique forms of literature by Sikhs may also be examined. Essays that engage with these questions using literary aspects ranging from shared themes, motifs, symbols, metaphors, etc. are welcome.

Queer Studies and Sikh Studies -
Queer Studies in Religion and Sikh Studies solicit individual paper proposals that connect queer studies/theory and Sikh Studies, or session proposals that thematically or theoretically connect these fields. Possible topics include but are not limited to: translation (including queer readings of texts (broadly defined)); crossing borders/ spaces/communities; navigating media discourses and practices; queer and/or Sikh publics; minoritarianism and/or precarity, and queerness; subjectivity, identity, and/or representation.

Innovations in Asian Religions - A co-sponsored session with the Korean Religions Unit, New Religious Movements Unit, and the Sikh Studies Unit.

The Sikh Studies Unit welcomes both fully developed paper panel and round table proposals. Individual paper proposals are also welcome.

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